Banffshire Coast News

Rare Historical Artefact Returns to Macduff

A rare historical artefact - a 19th century lithograph - is back in its spiritual home in Macduff.

One of very few surviving examples from a limited run of 200 prints made locally in the mid-1840s, the artwork will soon be handing in the Knowes Hotel in Macduff.  The hotel, owned by John and Debbie Henderson, was originally built in the mid-19th century to house the Murray Institute, known locally as the Ragged School, by London-based businessman and philanthropist John Murray.  Mr Murray contributed £40 a year - a huge amount in those days -  from his own pocket to run the Ragged School, and left a £4,000 legacy in his will.

The lithograph, which depicts a view of Victorian Macduff from Banff, was brought back to the north-east by retired businessman Tony Buckley and his wife Sue.


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