Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hooker's Mosses

 Sinigoe is on the edge of Brough village on the road to Dunnet Head lighthouse.  It was home to George Shearer, the last full time lobster fisherman working from Brough Harbour. There magnifient views from Sinigoe, overlooking the harbour and across the Pentland Firth to Orkney.  Sadly, George died a few years ago.  Sinigoe and Upper Sinigoe are also landmarks we look for when fishing in the Pentland Firth, launching also launching from Brough Harbour.  We often drift from Langipoe to Sinigoe, sometimes with a good haul of cod, other times, nothing!

This paper packet is one of Robert Dicks's paper wrappers - the baker and botanist of Thurso 1811-1866. Dunnet Head was one of his favourite places to walk. The paper wrappers are in Caithness Horizons Museum, Thurso. The Robert Dick area of the museum is being given a new look, as since the museum re-opened a few years ago, a lot more information about Robert Dick and his pressed herbarium had been discovered


  1. Good news, Joanne! Will you be involved in the Robert Dick part of the Museum?

  2. Hi Faisal,
    Information from my research on Robert Dick is a big part of the new look area in the museum including images of the herbarium sheets, and the portable museum is to get it's own panel of info/images to encourage lenders as well as it being in the museum when not out on loan. There will be a computer within the Robert Dick area which the public can use to search the herbarium sheets we've documented and digitalised. It's exciting, so I'm looking forward to seeing it. A new batch of Robert Dick herbarium sheets is TODAY on it's way to the Scottish Conservation Studio in South Queensferry for conservation. So what started as an inital 5 week residency for me in 2008, is continuing to inspire!