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The Invergordon Archive

Rosskeen Burn
The Invergordon Archive
Rosskeen Burn

A postcard picture of Rosskeen bridge before the trees took over! Perhaps circa 1920-30?
Picture added on 16 December 2007
The bridge in the foreground must be the railway bridge and the further bridge the road bridge to the town.
Added by Doug Will on 16 December 2007
For the benefit of far flung viewers, who have not been back home for some time, there is now a third bridge across the Burn. It is downstream from the road bridge in this picture.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 17 December 2007
Hello Doug, the postcard was published by Macpherson Brothers Invergordon. The railway bridge in the foreground looks correct, but the road bridge seems to be a lot further away than it is today? The card is also colour which is odd, but it's maybe correct?
Regards John.
Added by John Mackenzie on 17 December 2007
Nice photo. I remember you used to be able to walk from where the Scott family lived, along the bank of the burn right up to where the castle grounds were. It was a nice walk and I remember taking it with my grandparents, probably all overgrown now...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 18 December 2007
What is that bridge used for then, Ronald?
Added by Doug Will on 18 December 2007
The old hump back bridge and several bends in front of the houses at Rosskeen are now bypasssed by an almost straight and level road constructed on land reclaimed from the sea just south of the old road. The road bridge in the picture is no longer used by motor traffic.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 19 December 2007
Ronald, that was always a bad corner, glad they fixed it up. Did they consider pedestrians this time?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 19 December 2007
Taking this chance to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Added by Doug Will on 19 December 2007
Same to you Douglas, and many more. No word on Norman yet?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 20 December 2007
Harry, if you look at picture #503 which you recently commented on, it gives a decent view of the Rosskeen Bridge areas. Although it stops just short of the actual present 3 bridges, it does show the road to quite good effect; there is also a pedestrian pavement from Invergordon to the Churchyard.
Added by Duncan Murray on 21 December 2007
Nothing yet Harry - last heard of travelling around Australia in a motor home. Get the odd card from him but no address. Some day maybe......
Added by Doug Will on 21 December 2007
Thanks Duncan, yes can see it now. Glad they put a pedestrian path there. Can remember walking to Rosskeen and having to duck in for the cars and the odd bus. There was always an accident there..
Added by Harry O'Neill on 22 December 2007
The Rosskeen Burn was never an exiting watercourse. I cannot recall it ever having a lot of water and the only fish appeared to be eels...very difficult to get them off your hook. Has anyone found its source? I guess it cannot be very long and at some point inland I think it connects up with the Black Ditch.
Added by Bill Geddes on 22 February 2008
The Roskeen Burn is the combined output of the Black Ditch and what I knew as the Achnagarron burn. It passed the end of our garden and I traced it beyond Milnafua and Caplich as a child and think the source was in the direction of Crosshills. Used to catch some small brown trout which at the time seemed huge.
Added by George Mackay on 22 August 2008
Thank you to George MacKay for giving some insight to where the water shed of the Rosskeen burn is. This helps me put a small picture on the landscape where Alexander Munro and Ann McKenzie lived at the time of their marriage 1790. Thanks again. David Munro.
Added by David L Munro on 02 January 2009
I have learned that Alexander Munro was a gardener at Milton in 1798, if he was a gardener while at Rosskeen where might he have worked. He married a Mackenzie girl so was there a Mackenzie in 1790 working on an estate as a gardener in the same area.
Added by David Munro on 14 April 2009
David, he possibly would have worked on the Invergordon Castle gardens. The estate there had what they called Lodges (house and gate) around and there was one at Rosskeen, possibly the West Lodge.
Added by Harry on 14 April 2009
The burn used to have sluice gates at Milnafua and fed into resevoirs - an open one and a covered one. The open one was largest. The water was piped to Invergordon Station for the steam trains. The resevoirs were filled in for safety when Whitehills and Milnafua were built.
Added by John Morrison on 29 September 2009
Very interesting John, I can picture the water tower at Invergordon station which is still there and, showing my age, I can remember the big hose to fill the boiler on the train.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 30 September 2009
Just a bit curious after Googling Invergordon area. My grandfather drowned in this burn on 27th December 1916, but it is hard to see an area with a substantial amount of water. Would there be a great difference in water levels seasonally? Has water been diverted since 1916?
Added by Art Pearse on 12 April 2011
There are certainly no great volumes of water in the Rosskeen Burn but the lower reaches must have some tidal effect and I suppose at very high tides there will be a greater volume of water at the mouth of the burn.
I see there is mention of reservoirs in one of the comments above and maybe water volume was greater at one time before these were in place and possibly when the reservoirs were full, water from these could have been released into the burn from time to time giving it a surge.
On the other hand it doesn't take huge amounts of water to drown a man.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 12 April 2011
Apart from any reservoir or tidal impact I can recall that following heavy rain the burn could indeed rise dramatically. There are some parts of the burn where banks are quite deep and narrow. In spate the force of water could overwhelm an adult.
Added by George Mackay on 12 April 2011
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