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John Nicolson - Deceased 1843 - 1934

John Nicolson (1843-1934) was a Caithness farmer with a talent for painting and sculpture as well as a deep interest in local history. He was born at Stemster near John O' Groats in 1843, but moved in 1858 to Half Way House at Auckengill, (now Summerbank) where he continued to farm until his death in 1934. Nicolson's interest and knowledge in the history of Caithness was such that he was regularly approached for information on its archaeology, and by people researching family histories. He was approached by RCAHMS Secretary Alexander O Curle in 1909 during the survey of ancient monuments in Caithness, for which he supplied plans that were published in the inventory two years later.............As well as archaeological drawings, John Nicolson, a self taught artist, sketched and painted many portraits of local people, and also the landscapes of Caithness................

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