When I was growing up, there were definitely no quotations imprinted in the paving slabs underfoot. But nowadays in Inverness town centre every now and again you can look down and find wonderful words carved for posterity.
I’d snapped some quick pics with my phone camera last month of a few I pass regularly on my way to and from work, with the idea of returning with my ‘proper’ camera at a later date to take ‘proper’ images that look nice and crisp and not blurry. But then of course lockdown limbo happened, so we’re stuck with the original phone versions, thankfully still readable.
The quotations seem to be mainly or do with the river, but the first one with a historical reference to the Tolbooth key sits on the pavement directly in front of the old tolbooth steeple (built in 1791), part of a building which at one time (and in several previous incarnations going back to the early 1400s) housed the earliest courthouse and jail in Inverness.
The quotations read:
‘In 1773, he crossed the seething sea, Taking the tolbooth key, To Canada strong and free’
‘And the current rushed on, foaming and boiling in frightful waves over the fallen fragments of the bridge’
‘Rippling like silk she combs through the long rushes’
‘Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers wash it away’
Once this lockdown is over, I’m definitely going to explore further to see if I can find some more 🙂
For this year’s A-Z I’m going to take you on a photographic tour of My Inverness, Past and Present. I grew up in the local area, I went to school here and brought up my three children here, but I moved away to London for 18 years before returning home for good at the end of last summer.
P.S. My initial plan for my A-Z posts has necessarily been curtailed somewhat due to the current coronavirus pandemic, but we’ll get through the alphabet one way or another, however creative my use of subjects may have to be – so thank you for visiting Inverness with me, and I hope you enjoy our trip!