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.