Dornoch Historylinks Image Library

Dornoch volunteers in the Boer War
Dornoch volunteers in the Boer War

A collection of digital documents relating to the Dornoch volunteers who served in the Boer War, including copies of four of the five handwritten letters of Pte Alexander Murray kindly provided by Eileen Jeffries in Ontario. The complete story is given in an article which appeared in the Northern Times to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the volunteers departing from Dornoch to Fort George en route for service in the Boer War. Pte Alexander Murrary, of K Company "nd Battalion Sutherland Highlanders, had worked as a gardener and woodman at Dunrobin and Bonar Bridge wrote 5 letters to his sister Betsy's husband David, another of the clan Murray. It was in the byre of Betsy and David's son Willie that his daughter Betty (grand-daughter of Betsy and David) found the letters Alick, her great-uncle had written to her grandfather David. At the time the Northern Times article was written it was not possible to add names to the accompanying photograph of some of the Dornoch Volunteers, taken at Fort George prior to their departure. This collection provides a copy of that photograph and a further photograph of the soldiers in dress uniform, to which the majority of names have been added, including that of Alexander Murray.
Open Document Open Document
Picture added on 29 November 2015 at 11:33
Please add your comments about this picture using the form below.


Your Name

Your email address - this will be shown on the page and will allow the system to notify you of further comments added to this picture.


Poem 'In Memoriam' dedicated to D Sutherland'Can't shoot a man with a cold' by E A MackintoshWar the Liberator by E A Mackintosh MCA Highland Regiment by E A Mackintosh MCEwart Alan Mackintosh Seaforth HighlandersAir Raids Over BritainThe Gray FamilyExtract from 'Green Markers Ahead Skipper!'Page from Gilbert Gray's flying log bookD-Day target for 106 Squadron Pointe-du-Hoc