An inspirational blast from the present to the past!
It came as a great surprise and a great honour to receive a message from Heather Matthews all the way from New Zealand!
Heather and her family have a special place at the Cot House Inn
Here is their True Story:
A man by the name Donald Campbell who happens to be Heathers great great grandfather used to live and work at the Cot House Inn as the Inn Keeper in the late 1700s. Wow!
The Cot House Inn was built in 1563 as a residence for Ferrymen who worked on the river Eachaig transporting travellers to and from Oban, Inveraray and Dunoon. The inn was named after a Ferry, "the COITTE" that was used originally by Mary Queen of Scots to cross the river Eachaig on her journey from Inveraray to Dunoon in 1563.
Following the visit by Queen Mary of Scots, the ferry route grew more popular as more people used the service to cross the river Eachaig. The Cot House quickly became a busy hub where travellers stopped for food, rest. and leisure. Apparently beer at Cot House Inn was the best and potent!
Mr Campbell must have worked at the Cot House Inn when it was at its peak, and business was booming. It would be interesting to find out more about how life was at the Cot House Inn and in Dunoon during the 1700s.
Then, in 1706, Donald, the son of Duncan Campbell, the great great grandfather of Heather Matthews got married to Catherine Brown, at the Cot House Inn! I can only imagine that it was talk of Dunoon Town and with great pomp and ceremony the two lovebirds tied the knot. The icing on the cake to this story is that Heather kindly gave us a copy of the marriage proclamation. Thank You Heather.
Proclamation of Marriage between , Mr Donald Campbell, the son of Duncan Campbell and Catherine Brown at the Cot House Inn, 1706 (Courtesy of Heather Matthews)
Heather inspired us to start a small project by compiling a wee collection of photographs of the Cot House Inn and Dunoon during the 1700s to the late 18th Century some of which we will frame and place in the hotel premises.
In the same token, we would like to thank Frances Markey who contacted us and kindly shared some old pictures of the Cot House Inn and the Bridge which we treasure and will keep in our halls for our guests and visitors. Thanks Frances!
Cot House Inn and Bridge (courtesy of Frances Markey)
More to follow, watch the space!