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The Invergordon Archive

Thomas Macgregor
The Invergordon Archive
Thomas Macgregor

This photo is of Thomas Macgregor, born 30th May 1858, who was a Chief Superintendent and Deputy Chief Constable in Fife Constabulary.
A native of Invergordon he was an uncle of my late grandmother, Catherine Askew nee MacLennan, and one of the sons of William MacGregor, The Nurseries, Saltburn, whose photo is shown in picture #1186. He later moved to Canada and, if my memories serves me correctly, I remember my grandmother saying he worked for Canadian Pacific Railways but I do not know in what capacity. My cousin, Jackie Geddes, has notes showing he owned a ranch in Alberta, Canada.
At a guess the photo would have been taken about 1910/1915.
Picture added on 22 January 2009
He was my grandfather and my father was also named Thomas. The whole family,including my father, moved out to Red Deer, Alberta, on the recommendation of William Macgregor, mentioned in the article, just after WW1. I was told that William was a civil engineer, working for a Canadian railway company (evidently the CPR). My father returned to the UK after about a year, to marry my mother in Fife. I still have relatives living in Alberta and keep in touch by email. The photograph shown in the article is very familiar to me. I have a lot of photographs taken by my father whilst he was out in Canada and still have the Kodak camera he used to take them.
Added by Hector G. Macgregor on 30 January 2015
Hi Hector. Thank you very much for the above update and my apologies for not noticing it long before now. Naturally we are cousins given the blood relationship between your grandfather, Thomas and my grandmother. While having a relatively good family tree on the MacLennan side, (my grandmothers father's side), I have very little on her mother's side - MacGregor other than her mother came from Nigg, Ross-Shire, if I am correct on that even. Absolutely delighted after all this time that someone was able to identify Thomas MacGregor apart from my grandmother's recollection and the somewhat vague Canadian connection. I'd be delighted to hear from you with any other background information on the family etc. I do remember my grandmother relating the story that Thomas had come up to Invergordon to visit and had given her two 'bob' or half a crown when she was young which was a small fortune in those days suffice to say.
Added by Graeme Askew on 06 January 2017
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