Charles Morrison’s Diary, 1 to 14 July 1863

Untitled Shore

Watercolour by Gina G. Morrison, nd (c.1900).

Wednesday 1st July

The Lews Cattle market was held today. We were kept very busy.

Thursday 2nd July

Extraordinary busy today our drawings was £97. We got in a lot of meal.

Friday 3rd July

Very busy today. In the evening I had a sail with Christina down at the Broad Bay.

Saturday 4th July

A fine day. Kept pretty busy there was a fair fishing. John had a letter from Kate she says that James Matheson’s wife Proncy, the Big wife, Sandy Rose, & James Matheson Mason, is dead.

Sunday 5th July

In the morning Mr Leith preached from the 25th verse of the 43rd Chapter of Isaiah I even I am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake and will not remember thy sins. In the evening in the 2nd 3rd & 4th verses of the 3rd Chapter of Colossians. I presented in the evening.

Monday 6th July

Pretty busy. A most beautiful day. I had a walk up the hill with Mrs Russell & Christina and then a walk down the canal with Christina & afterwards a conversation about M &c.

 Tuesday 7th July

Very busy. Very few herrings got.

Wednesday 8th July

I had a newspaper from Lexy with illustrations of some of the places in Strathspey through which the Railway goes. Mr & Mrs Angus McKay fishcurers went away today. I was in the shop till 3 A.M. making up empty bags.

Thursday 9th July

It blew very hard today. There was news that Prince Alfred was to come in here.

[NOTE: Prince Alfred (1844-1900), the fourth child of Queen Victoria, was 19 years of age in 1863. At this time he was the junior lieutenant on HMS Racoon under Captain Count Gliechen. After this cruise of Scotland, Alfred rejoined his family at Osborne, then undertook a course of study at Holyrood. He later became Duke of Edinburgh (1866) and Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1893). His wife was the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, a daughter of Tsar Alexander II.]

Friday 10th July

Very busy. Fine day. The Stornowegians were looking out for P. Alfred.

Saturday 11th July

I had a letter from Kate. The Steamer Clansman went to Thurso with the fishermen a good many went on pleasure by her. Christina went.

Sunday 12th July

In the morning Mr Leith preached from the 13th chapter of Romans 11th verse And that knowing the time that now it is high time to awake out of sleep. In the evening he preached from the last part of the 18th chapter of Genesis Abrahams intercession for the men of Sodom. I presented twice.

In the afternoon Mr Gault Hawick preached in the F.C. from the 1st chapter of Phillipians 21st verse For me to live is Christ.

Monday 13th July

Angus being away at Lochs I was kept very busy.

[Note: Angus Macdonald, Charles’s business partner, was courting 20-year-old Elizabeth (Eliza)Mackenzie, who lived with her aunt and uncle (Mr & Mrs Alexander Macleod) and siblings at Valtos House, Balallan, Lochs. Her father was Captain John Mackenzie of Greenock. Angus married Eliza on 8 September 1864, several months after insisting on the dissolution of his partnership with Charles Morrison.]

Tuesday 14th July

Kept very busy. I wrote to Isabella Sutherland Edinburgh.


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