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…”