Strathpeffer 1770-1900 – From a Valley of Farms to a Village of Villas

A welcome addition to books about Strathpeffer is to be published in early December. Local historian Arthur Scott, has written a carefully researched book, using only referenced sources, and has recorded the building of Strathpeffer as it grew up around the wells. The book includes a plan of the development of the village as well as a chronological list of housebuilding and a timeline of major events.

This definitive account gives a detailed picture of the village and shows how it developed over a period of 130 years. By 1900 Strathpeffer had become the unique Victorian spa resort which now forms a large part of the present-day conservation area.

It includes references to prominent local people including Dr Morison, Dr Mackenzie, Dr Fox, William Gunn, W. C. Joass, T. Wellwood Maxwell, Hugh M. Matheson and ‘Old Timaru’ and mentions distinguished visitors such as R. M. Ballantyne, Andrew Carnegie, Marie Corelli, Sir Humphrey Davy, Lord Roberts, Robert Louis Stevenson and the Duke and Duchess of Teck.

In the book you will also meet George Campbell known affectionately as ‘Googan’, John Alexander ‘The Calculator’ and Lewis Bell the ‘millionaire’ baker; you will gain an insight into daily life at the Spa; you will witness the conflict between landowners and the Dingwall & Skye Railway Company over the proposed railway route through Strathpeffer; and you may be the first to solve the mystery of the identity of the body found on Ben Wyvis.

The 550-page hardback book is illustrated with pictures, maps, and plans, some published for the first time, and retails at £25. It will be available in early December from:

  • Waterstones, Inverness
  • Picaresque Books, Dingwall
  • The Highland Farm Café, Dingwall
  • Deli in the Square, Strathpeffer
  • The Highland Museum of Childhood, Strathpeffer.

Copies can also be ordered from Arthur at

Post and packaging within the U.K. can also be arranged at an additional cost of £4.95.

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