Tissie was one of the first toys received into the museum's care when it opened in 1992. She was donated by local doll collector, Mrs Angela Kellie.Tissie’s story begins in the mid-1800s when she was reputedly bought for the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Cromartie. During the Highland Clearances, the Cromartie family offered sanctuary on their land in the Loch Ussie area, re-locating families displaced from their homes further north.
The Countess and her daughter often visited these families and it was on one of these calls that they came across a sick little girl in one of the crofts. The Countess’s daughter gave Tissie to the little girl to encourage her to get well. The crofter’s family treasured the doll and generations of the family played with her until she ultimately passed into the care of Angela Kellie and then the museum.
Although Tissie has previously been on display in the museum, her fragile condition means that it is now critical for her to undergo specialist conservation to enable the museum to put her on permanent display for audiences to enjoy. The Highland Museum of Childhood is aiming to raise £700 to provide specialist conservation and a bespoke display case with interpretation to tell visitors about her history and local story.