Counting down to the Courier's 200th anniversary

Two centuries of The Inverness Courier

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ON December 4, The Inverness Courier will reach the 200th anniversary of its first publication.

As the milestone in the paper's history approaches, we are undertaking a 200-day countdown highlighting some of the headlines on a year-by-year basis starting with the very first front page.

Kessock Bridge opens in 1982

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THE opening of the Kessock Bridge to carry the A9 trunk road was a significant milestone in the transport network for the north of Scotland.

New developments proposed for Inverness in 1961

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A NEW bridge over the River Ness opened in September replacing the old suspension bridge which had been demolished two years previously as it was unsuitable to carry modern traffic into the town.

Cinema opens in Inverness in 1912

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THE first cinematograph pictures were shown in the new Central Hall Picture House in Academy Street at a grand opening for invited guests in December.

Inverness Town Hall opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1882

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RESIDENTS and businesses in Inverness were suddenly spurred into getting out the banners and bunting in January following the surprise revelation that Queen Victoria's second son, Alfred - the Duke of Edinburgh - would officially open the new Inverness Town House.

Councillors reject Army claim to Inverness land in 1872

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THE ownership of a parcel of land in the Longman area of Inverness was in question when an Army officer called at the Inverness Town Council offices asking to see the town charters or any documents relating to the site once occupied by Cromwell's Fort.

New pier opens on Loch Ness in 1857

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THE opening of Temple Pier near Drumnadrochit was hailed as a significant development both for boat passengers travelling along the Caledonian Canal as well as developing trade links in the area.

Kirk splits in 1843

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THE so-called disruption in the established Church of Scotland reverberated across the country including the Highlands.

Improvements to Inverness Museum planned in 1836

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SINCE being established a decade earlier, the museum had built up a growing collection of items including coins, minerals and on one occasion had even been presented with a live alligator by former Inverness man John Fraser who moved to Charleston, Carolina, where he was a merchant.

Burke hanged for murder in 1829

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THE notorious series of murders carried out by William Burke and William Hare in Edinburgh horrified and enthralled people across the country including the Highlands.

Gas and water supplies to be improved in 1828

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THE River Ness was turning into a common sewer and causing great inconvenience to the many families who did not live nearby as well as being time consuming for servants fetching water, according to a report in July.

New King of France anointed in 1825

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CROWDS besieged the cathedral of Reims early on May 29 for the coronation of King Charles X, according to a report in The Inverness Courier's Foreign Intelligence column.

Travel by boat booms in 1824

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WATER transport was the easiest mode of travel for reaching many destinations in the early 19th century and the opening of the Caledonian Canal in 1822 led to increased opportunities.

Inverness estate for sale in 1821

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AS well as providing a vital news service, The Inverness Courier was also important for traders and businesses to promote their goods and services.

Inverness Harbour enjoys continued growth in 1818

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THE port played an important role in the town's trade and economic growth. Wool was an important foreign export and the textile industry contributed to the further development of the Highland capital during the 18th century.

Newspaper launched in 1817

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THE first edition of The Inverness Courier rolled off the press on December 4, 1817, after receiving the backing of subscribers including mainly booksellers, bankers and postmasters in the town.