Tullich Rifle range.

RIFLE RANGE – TULLICH

H.E.R. No. MHG56865
GRID REF. 91234195 to 916418
2nd addition o/s map 6 inch to 1 mile

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This rifle range was used by the Lochcarron Volunteers, later the Ross and Cromarty Highland Mountain Battery (Royal Garrison Artillery) Territorial Force, based in Lochcarron, between c1870 to 1914 when they went off to Gallipoli. The battery was disbanded in the early 1920’s soon after returning from WW1 in 1919.

riflerange2riflerange3At the target end of the range (grid ref. 91234195) is the substantially built protection wall fronted by an earthen bank and topped with steel frames covered with 12mm steel sheets.

Behind this protective wall soldiers could safely raise and lower the targets on the still existing mechanism by means of ropes and pulleys etc using the winding wheels while the rest of the men fired from 200, 300 or 500 yards down range. There also appears to have been some kind of weather protection “lean to” for these men as corroded corrugated sheets are still evident at each end of this mechanism up against the wall.

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The target raising & lowering mechanism showing its rubber rollers (which still spin), wheels & pulley hand wheel.
A few of the men with their rifles prior to going off to war.

riflerange5Words and photographs by Paul Swan.

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2 Responses to Tullich Rifle range.

  1. Malcolm Ferguson says:

    Thank you for that valued information. It was my gt gt grandfather David Ferguson Esq who after not renewing his tack on Langwell Strath Kanaird took up the tack on Tullich in 1863 and founded the Loch Carron Battery there. He had been Captain of the battery at Ullapool / Stornaway prior to this. I will attach his Obituary for your further information. (I believe he also established and promoted your Lochcarron Shinty Team)
    Kind regards and don’t let your history die.
    Malcolm
    Malcolm Ferguson Esq
    Brisbane Australia.

    “Rambles in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.” by C.G. Dawson, Pub in 1883. Page114. “Across the loch is the hospitable house of Tullich, in which Captain Ferguson admirably keeps up the ancient Highland customs. As the train proceeds westwards, again looking across the loch, we notice the church and manse of Lochcarron.”

    On 14th May 2011 the obituary of DAVID was located in the Inverness Courier dated 30th January 1900 and printed for the author by the Inverness Reference Library IMG14052011114801. This article runs to half a column and is headed,

    THE LATE COLONEL FERGUSON, LOCHCARRON.

    At Tullich, Lochcarron, on the 25th inst., died Colonel D. Ferguson, a man greatly esteemed and respected by all who knew him. Born at Tain, where his father, Mr Ferguson, a man of great shrewdness and business capacity, held the farm of Tarlogie, the deceased received his early education at the Royal Academy of his native town. When about seventeen or eighteen years of age, Mr Ferguson became lessee of the farm of Langwell, Lochbroom, and it was while acting as a member of the Parochial Board of Lochbroom that he first showed his capacity for public affairs. Leaving Lochbroom in 1863, Mr Ferguson took the desirable farm of Tullich, Lochcarron, which he continued to occupy till his death. While here (says a correspondent) he identified himself with every movement which he considered was for the public weal. Elected to the Parochial Board he threw himself with energy into the work of that body, and in 1867 he was elected chairman, an honour which he continued to hold for a quarter of a century, till on account of failing health he retired in 1891. The Parochial Board did not, however, hold sufficient scope for his energy, and on the passing of the Education Act in 1872 he was elected a member of the School Board at the top of the poll, and thereafter was unanimously elected chairman. This honour he also continued to hold for fifteen years retiring in 1888. His judicial mind, his zeal and tact, together with his broad and liberal views, proved invaluable to the parish, at a time when education having been set upon new rails was undergoing a complete revolution. It was during Mr Ferguson’s occupancy of the chair that most of the schools in the parish were built and set in full working order with an efficient staff of teachers, and thoroughly equipped in every way. In the administration of Parochial Board matters, he was no less successful, as evidenced by the fact that during his long tenure of the chair divisions over his policy were almost totally unknown, and findings of the Board being invariably come to unanimously. And such was the public estimate of his knowledge of the Poor Law Acts, and such the confidence with which he was regarded that the neighbouring Parish of Applecross elected him to their Board and also made him chairman for many years. But the multifarious duties already mentioned could not exhaust Mr Ferguson’s energy and activity. He found time to originate An Artillery Volunteer Corps at Lochcarron, to the efficiency of which the prize-lists at Inverness and elsewhere have given ample testimony. Some time before his retirement he was promoted to the rank of Colonel. In recognition of his disinterested services and public worth the several Boards over which he presided entered appreciative minutes on their records, and he was entertained to a public dinner, presided over by Mr Murray of Lochcarron, at which he was presented with his portrait painted in oil by J.W. Nicol, R.I.

    Colonel Ferguson was a man of many gifts and varied accomplishments. He was a good judge of farm stock, and as such his services were much sought after. In politics a Unionist (uniting the parishes for poor-law advantages,ed.) he also advocated progress and advancement of sound liberal principles along safe and proper lines. He was a staunch member of the Church of Scotland, but anything like intolerance was repugnant to his nature. Generous to the poor, sympathetic to the suffering, and courteous to all, Colonel Ferguson will be missed by a community to which he was much attached, and in whose minds his memory will remain green for many years to come. He is survived by a widow, one daughter and two sons, one of whom has the farm of Tallisker, and the other is a banker in New Zealand. Colonel Ferguson was in his 83rd year, having been born in 1817. The funeral, which was largely attended, took place on Monday, the remains being laid in the family burying-ground in Lochcarron.
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