Part of Angus Heritage Week 2013 was the Tayroots Family History Day on Friday 13 September at the Brechin Mechanics' Institute. In the Mechanics Hall on the first floor of the Institute, there was a book fair at which Tay Valley FHS was represented.

TVFHS table


Our table was beside the one representing Dundee University's Archive, Records Management and Museum Services and its Centre for Archive and Information Studies.

Angus Archives table


Here we can see stall holders from Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre (below) and Angus Archives (right) waiting for visitors to arrive. Their stands were next to each other.

Montrose Air Station Heritage Trust    

Later, the fair became quite busy.

  Book fair

There are a number of pictures on the walls of the impressive Mechanics Hall, mainly portraits of distinguished 18th and 19th century gentlemen.


The stall of ANESFHS (above) was overlooked by a picture by the 19th century artist John Phillip depicting Robert the Bruce receiving the sacrament from the Abbot of Inchaffre on the eve of Bannockburn.

The portrait on the far wall is of John Don, painted by the Forfarshire artist, James Irvine. Don was a founder of the Forfar textile firm, William and John Don & Co, established in 1845.

18 September 2013

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