Tuesday, 16 April 2013


On a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon visitors and locals alike had to look twice at some of the people strolling around Guildford Square in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. Had we all been the subject of time travel without realising it?
No, these 'Victorians' were in fact part of the Rothesay Heritage Town Trail, a joint enterprise by Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage, Achievement Bute and the Rothesay THI.
For one day only the town returned to the Victorian era with the creation of a Victorian parlour reoccupied by the Tannock family (who feature in the 1871 census), the display of objects from everyday life at the Bute Museum and a variety of 'pop-up' activities in the Square.
A number of the onlookers could be spied miming along to the old songs ably delivered by the schoolchildren and their teacher,suitably dressed in Victorian clothes, of course. A particular favourite seemed to be 'Ma wee school's the best wee school...'
And not to be outdone, the 'actors' staged an extract from their current play 'She stoops to Conquer' - a reminder of how important theatre was to everyone at that time.
When you added in the individual 'Victorians' talking about the history of the town, and the number of families going from venue to venue to complete the town trail quiz, the day proved a great success.
Now, I wonder who won the competition for the best set of whiskers? That's something I must find out!
A trio of gentlemen about to set off ... though the one on the left looks highly suspicious!

Fancy some buns,anyone?
The Tannock family at home
The schoolchildren seem remarkably well behaved.

Some very elegant ladies...and a friend!

Thank goodness it's all going well!
Who's going to try the Pennyfarthing first?



For more information about the Victorian Day, visit The Buteman website


  1. Looks like a very good day out, Myra. You've taken some lovely snaps. Anne

  2. Love the photos Myra and even the weather looks dry and could it be sunny too? No wonder you like to set your novels on Bute.

  3. What a brilliant day, Myra - great photos! Did you not dress up?

  4. It was all great fun .. and I did regret not dressing up.

  5. Looks a great day out, Myra - fun in he sunshine. Brilliant photos.

  6. Yes, Joan -you have to take advantage of any sunshine.

  7. This looks great fun - love the photos!

  8. Thanks Vikki - I think everyone had a great time and to think it started to pour with rain at six o'clock that evening!

  9. Your blog is always so interesting with fabulous photos, so I've awarded you the Sunshine Award, Myra. Do pop over to my blog this week if you'd like to collect it.

    Janice xx

  10. Thank you so much,Janice! I've another one to do this week and would love to have your award!

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