Tales from Cromarty House
by Casagrandeblog - 16:20 on 08 September 2013
It’s Doors Open Day this coming Saturday, but unfortunately Cromarty House and Stables won’t be open this year because of the stone-carving workshop taking place there - which means I won’t be delivering guided tours of the house. It’s a pity, because there are so many good stories about the house and stables. Every year I have been doing these tours, people have told me tales about the buildings and what went on in them. Here are a couple to keep us going till next year.
There is a faint red stain on the wooden floorboards just outside the dining room at the foot of the stairs. The story that the Rosses passed onto the Nightingales is that an early 19th century Ross laird had a son that he didn’t think much of. The young man had one particular skill, however, and he was proud of it. He could carve an excellent Sunday roast. So one Sunday lunchtime, the young chap was demonstrating his skill with a carving knife when his father made a cutting comment along the lines of ‘small things appealing to small minds’. The young man rushed out of the dining room in tears of rage, and stabbed himself fatally in the chest at the foot of the stairs.
On a lighter note . . . what was Lady Ross’s bedroom is separated from the dining room by the enormous drawing room. As anyone who has been in the house knows, it can be perishing cold in winter, and the family economised by heating only the few rooms that they used - which didn’t include the drawing room. Lady Ross’s ingenious solution - or maybe it was her husband’s - was to rig up a kind of canvas walkway between her bedroom and the dining room - like an enclosed tent - so that she could scurry from one warm room to another without getting frozen. You can still see the marks on the floor where the walkway used to be.
Can anyone tell me any more tales about the house or the stables?
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