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.

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£713.75 raised of £700.00 target by 12 supporters

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The Highland Museum of Childhood The Highland Museum of Childhood

The Highland Museum of Childhood is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, also known as The Old Strathpeffer Railway Station Trust. The Trust owns and manages The Highland Museum of Childhood through which it shares treasured memories of Highland Childhood and delivers a varied programme of community engagement. The Trust also owns the station buildings and surrounding gardens and works closely with other independant businesses located at The Old Station to deliver a quality visitor experience.

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