October, 1868 - October 1868

A small sloop the ‘Jessie’, out of Fraserburgh, was wrecked on rocks east of Hilton of Cadboll. The ‘Jessie’ had delivered coal to Brora and was on her way home when a gale sprung up from the north-east, the Captain made for the Cromarty Firth but on a dark night mistook the the lights of Cadboll House for the Cromarty beacon. No boat could be launched but 3 Hilton fishermen, John MacAngus, John MacDonald and Alexander MacKenzie courageously volunteered to enter the water and caught a rope thrown from the ship and brought the crew of 2 men and a boy ashore safely.