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Manse Brae Pond
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Manse Brae Pond

The new pond at the top of Rosemarkie with some of it's residents.
Picture added on 25 March 2008
it is called Manse Loch by locals
Added by Anon on 11 May 2008
Even the ducks have been here before! From the Old Statistical Account of Rosemarkie, written in the 1790s by the minister Alexander Wood who lived opposite: "Very near the manse, on the other side of the public road to Fortrose, there was a lake covering between 3 and 4 acres, in winter filled with water running down from a hill above it and kept in by rising ground on the side contiguous to the king's highway. Owing to this, it was in the middle at least 4 feet deep and a small boat has been seen paddling through it with persons in quest of wild ducks. By the stagnation of the water in the heat of summer and the steeping of lint by the people (which raised a most disagreeable and unwholesome smell), it was often an intolerable nuisance. Many schemes had been formed for draining it but they were generally thought impracticable. However, the writer of this, considering that his glebe, which lay directly opposite to it on the other side of the road, was upon a bank of gravel, determined to cut a very deep drain across the road into his glebe so as to command the level of the water (which required about 14 feet in depth), and then to let it off by degrees, in hopes the gravel bank might swallow it. The experiment answered his expectations and in the course of less than a month there was not a drop left in it".

He goes on to describe the drains he had put in the field and the subsequent fertility of the ground for crops. I wonder if there is any trace of the "very deep drain" under the road.
Added by Estelle Quick on 29 September 2008
this area is called the Manse Loch
Anonymous comment added on 18 July 2012
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