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Sales prospectus for Northfield, Dornoch (Burghfield Hotel)
Sales prospectus for Northfield, Dornoch (Burghfield Hotel)

Sales prospectus for Northfield, Dornoch (Burghfield Hotel) by Direction of Mrs. J. J. Barrow. Auction by Knight, Frank & Rutley. Solicitor, J.H. Arthur, Dornoch. Land Agent, John Sutherland, Dornoch. 10 pp. including photograph, in grey cover.
Picture added on 01 July 2008
Mrs Dorothea M Barrow lived at Northfield (Barrow's Castle). (I assume the JJ is her husband's initials.) She opened the Embo Nursing Home in 1907 on a site of about 1/3 of an acre. It was a four roomed wooden building. She later formed a trust to manage it but the day to day running of it was done by the Sutherland Benefit Nursing Association. By 1907, she was a widow and apparently not living in Dornoch all year. I would be very interested in any information on her and why she may have decided to provide a nursing Home for the people of Embo. It appears never to have been used as a nursing home but just as a residence for the local nurse. ~ Many thanks for the information. ~ Adminstrator
Added by Jim Leslie on 19 October 2016
I remember that during WW2 a Mackay family lived in this nursing home as bombing evacuees from London. The father of that family, a Kenneth Mackay, was originally from Back Street in Embo, but he was absent, probably on war duties. The mother was Irish and we knew her in Embo as Mary Irish. There were a number of young children in the family and they attended Embo school.
After the war the family returned to London and the home remained empty and neglected.
Later I remember that a number of older Embo boys vandalised the building. I clearly remember, as a five-year-old, watching large numbers of china plates being taken from the building and purposely broken by those boys. Of course, even until today, they must remain nameless.
After that the wooden building fell into ruin and was eventually removed.
Prior to the nursing home being built a maternity service to Embo was provided by a Mrs Margaret Moyes. She was the wife of the Embo School headmaster, a John Moyes. Mrs Moyes, in the 1901 census, is shown as a 41-year-old “Certified Maternity Nurse”, as being bilingual (Gaelic and English) and born in Argyle. In 1904 Mr. Moyes was replaced as headmaster of Embo School by Mr. J G Phimister. Embo would have then lost the important services of Mrs Moyes, and this might have then prompted Mrs Barrow to kindly donate the nursing home to the village. Thank you for your comment. Administrator.

Added by Kenneth Mackay on 22 March 2018
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