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"The other stuff" Top 5 Page for this destination Elgin Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

Elgin Things to Do: 32 reviews and 74 photos

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The opening shot here is of a round boat, used for inland fishing. Imagine, if you can, trying to paddle such a craft in a straight line.
The Elgin and Morayshire Scientific Society was the ancestor of the Moray Society. It was established on the 25th of October 1836 when the founder members, among whom were Rear-Admiral Duff, John Lawson the banker, Patrick Duff the town-clerk and Isaac Forsyth the bookseller met and decided to start a museum. Their first exhibits consisted of snakes, pickled in alcohol and a "sample of hemp". The town-council allowed them the use of a small room in the tollbooth, which, at that time was situated on the Plainstones, to the west of the present St. Giles. This proved to be too inconvenient and the committee met several times to discuss the matter. Isaac Forsyth, secretary and deaf as a post, could not follow any of the discussions so he went ahead and bought a plot of land from Seafield at the eastern part of the town and presented the committee with a fait accompli. Money was raised to build the existing building, designed by Thomas Mackenzie in the Italianate style. When the building was finished in 1842, it was not completely paid off and the Society members, all men, were forced to turn to the ladies of Elgin for financial help. The ladies organised and ran a very successful bazaar in September 1843. The town band, precariously perched on top of the flat roof of the office, provided music for the entertainment of such eminent guests as the son and daughter-in-law of the Duke of Wellington.
The debt was paid off and the museum has been maintained and operated ever since by the Elgin and Morayshire Literary and Scientific Association and its successors.
A couple of my favourite object are the coracle (small round boat used for inland fishing) and, in picture 2, the skull of a prehistoric dinosaur.

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