The Quilietti Family

The story of a Scots Italian family

Morrison Alex. 1952

The name Tongue has Old Norse origins, but more obvious ones. It comes from “tunga” or tongue of land projecting into the loch. But although the Norse probably lived here between the 900s and 1200s, nothing certain has been found of their settlement. It is possible that they first built the now ruined Caisteal Bharraigh (or Castle Varrich), a small tower spectacularly located on the summit of a bluff dominating the Kyle of Tongue just to the west of the village and reached on foot from it. The origins of the castle are unclear, but some believe it could be the “Beruvik” mentioned in the Norse Orkneyinga Saga. Others believe it was built as recently as the 1500s, by either the Bishops of Caithness or by the Mackay family.Perhaps Tongue’s most significant moment in history came in early 1746 when the ship Hazard, en route for Inverness, fled into the Kyle of Tongue to evade HMS Sheerness, a Royal Navy frigate. It was carrying a large quantity of gold coins to fund Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebellion and its crew took the gold ashore in an effort to carry it overland to its destination. Perhaps Tongue’s most significant moment in history came in early 1746 when the ship Hazard, en route for Inverness, fled into the Kyle of Tongue to evade HMS Sheerness, a Royal Navy frigate. It was carrying a large quanitity of gold coins to fund Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebellion and its crew took the gold ashore in an effort to carry it overland to its destination. Our Morrison family were around then .

Three bears, Ena, daughter Gayle and Alex


daughters Louise and Gayle


Alex age 35 with Gillian age 18.


Gillian and Ena


Gillian

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