Further research into the history of the Inverness Victorian Market will continue. There are several very promising lines of enquiry to be explored:


  • Pilot project: creating a database of all stall-holders, based on the annual printed Valuation Rolls, which calculated the rateable value of all properties;
  • In the first instance, the database will cover the years 1887-1920, but the intention is to extend it as far as records allow;
  • This work, using records in Highland Archives, will make it possible for today’s Market tenants to find out about the past history of their stalls and shops.


  • Further research into the very interesting family of Alexander Macdonald, the Market butcher and the owner of the faithful dog who perished in the fire; the family tree for Alexander is largely complete but more remains to be found out about his brother Donald; if you think you may be descended from Alexander Macdonald and his family, please get in touch;
  • Family history: investigating the descendants of other tenants.


  • The Cameron Highlanders, the local regiment historically based at the Cameron Barracks, are a thread running through the history of the Victorian Market: they helped with the 1889 fire, their pipe band performed at the opening ceremony in 1891, and their 1893 monument in Station Square guards the Market today.


  • Much remains to be done in exploring the history of the Market after the rebuilt premises opened in 1891, with additions and alterations, etc;
  • The changing social history of the Market is another interesting topic, with changes in the kinds of goods sold over the years and in the people who worked there;
  • Ideas and plans for the future of the Market.
  • Serendipity: one of the joys of doing local history is turning up unexpected links with completely unexpected people and places.

“Investigations continue…”

We will be re-opening on Monday 13th July. There will be some changes when you visit, including directional signage and a one-way system in Market Hall. We kindly ask that you follow all guidance issued by each business as they welcome you back. Our accessible toilet will remain closed for the time being and unfortunately dogs will not be allowed in for now, with the exception of guide or support dogs. Our revised opening hours are Monday to Saturday 7am – 6pm Sunday 10am – 4pm Our website is to be updated shortly with further details on each of our businesses. You can follow us on Facebook for further information Thank you for shopping local and supporting our independent businesses