Duration: 23m 52s
Filesize: 16.2 Mb
Recorded: 26 November 2021
Sandy Reid reflects upon his family and local history research, and his passionate interest in the use of Caithness dialect.
During this interview, Sandy explains that he has always had an interest in history and through researching his family tree he not only gathered information about his ancestors but found links with local history. He discovered that his great-great-grandfather Reid was involved in the construction of many significant buildings in Wick and the surrounding area. The building firm of Reid and Tait was responsible for the construction of the Carnegie Public Library, the West Church, the extension to the Assembly Rooms, and the Territorial Army Hall in Dempster Street, to name a few.
As a member of the RBLS Pipe Band, Sandy assisted and co-authored a book on the history of the band. During his research, he discovered that the RBLS Pipe Band Hall was also built by his forebears.
For 38 years, Sandy worked for Scottish Water and its predecessors and was intrigued to discover that members of the family building firm were responsible for laying water mains and sewers throughout the county.
Sandy is passionately concerned with both using and preserving the Caithness dialect.
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