Just when you think you don’t have a blog post brewing, a big one suddenly appears out of nowhere!
I hadn’t decided if I was going to do a post for today’s Sepia Saturday when I had to nip out for milk late this afternoon and I just went to the nearest shop, the Co-Op in Ormiston. As I drove up the Main Street, the sun was shining on the familiar old market cross standing slap-bang in the middle of the street and I thought it looked better than usual in the low sunshine. I snapped it with my phone and thought no more of it – I just enjoy taking random photos that I like and phones make that a breeze.
I lived in Beech Cottage (the little white house you can just see on the left) for a couple of years in the late 90’s, and I’ve had a strong connection with the village of Ormiston throughout my life. Our local parish Church was the one in Ormiston when I was a child (not that we went very often) – and the village had our nearest swing park which was 2 1/2 miles away from the farm, so the four of us kids had Special Outings with my Porter Grandparents to give Mum peace for an hour – a rare treat for all of us! These grandparents are on Mum’s side – not the relatively carefree tree-climbing granny you already know from Dad’s side.
Back home (with milk) I thought about Sepia Saturday and went to one of my favourite websites for looking at miscellaneous old Scottish stuff – RCAHMS to see what they had on Ormiston Cross. A lot of their data can only be accessed in person, however, they do have some interesting things online (have a look if you have any Scottish connections) and I found this photo
Item SC 1164189
Caption General view from W.
Notes Scanned from a glass plate.
Category SCANNED IMAGES
Object type Digital image
This is a copy of EL 1779
Copyright © Batsford Ltd London
Person B C Clayton
The original cobblestones have been uncovered since this photo was taken (shame it’s not dated), and if you look very closely down the at the far end of the Main Street, you can see another monument. This is dedicated to Robert Moffat (1795 – 1883), the Scottish missionary and explorer (his daughter, Mary, married “Dr Livingston, I Presume”). My Granny Porter claimed that we were the “great great great great great grandchildren” of Robert Moffat, and we paid homage at the monument on some visits to the swing park. The monument bears an image of the great man and his even greater beard.
My Granny’s paternal grandmother was a Moffat, and somehow a (dare I say “tenuous”) connection had been made between Robert and her granny, and by the time it reached us it was Law. Needless to say, in all my years as a genealogist, I have been unable to prove any connection and suspect it is highly unlikely that there is one, beyond sharing the Moffat surname.
However, we did get to have a go on the see-saw and the swings
There’s now a plaque on the East side of the railings giving more info on the Cross
I’m very pleased that I wasn’t subjected to public exposure of malefactors
It’s Sepia Saturday – check out the other contributors’ interesting old photos, and why not have a go at posting one of your own – it doesn’t have to be sepia