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The Invergordon Archive

The House of Rosskeen
The Invergordon Archive
The House of Rosskeen

A beautiful house in a beautiful setting.
Picture added on 29 May 2009
So, this is the house on the Castle grounds. Nice to see it is still there. Does anyone live in it now?
I agree it is a beautiful house in a beautiful setting Malcolm.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 29 May 2009
Harry, I think Liz covered this in her comments regarding picture #122. The Castle grounds must have been a perfect setting for the Games. The field is unchanged - the grass is a bit taller - and the flag pole still stands in the middle.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 30 May 2009
This is a very good picture Malcolm. I hadn't seen the house in years, it looks like it is in the style of the Arts and Crafts Movement and the setting is wonderful.
Added by Liz Taylor (nee Askew) on 30 May 2009
Harry, I think Daphne Mackenzie, the widow of the late Col HAC Mackenzie still lives in this house. The Mackenzie's had something to do with Dalmore Distillery. It is a beautiful house with lovely grounds. Such a shame that they had to move the games down to the Rec a few years back. The Games have never been the same since.
Added by Inverg Lass on 01 June 2009
The Games were the high point of the town's year. The town thronged with people and the Castle Road was packed with folk making their way down to the games field (very few came by car in those days). The woods around the field were dotted with pipers trying to find a quiet spot to tune their pipes. The events lasted from about 10am to 5pm. The "heavy" events were very popular, especially the caber tossing. All day long there would be dancers performing (Scottish, Irish & Hornpipe) and pipers playing. The funfare would be in full swing and the beer tent did fantastic business. Toffs strutted around in plus fours and furs and town and country people from all around had a great day (makes me think of Robert Burns "Holy Fair"). The climax of the day was the massed Pipe Bands - sometimes as many as 10 bands together..what a sound! This was followed by a Royal Marine Band looking glorious in Number One uniforms with white pith helmets. They "Beat the Retreat" and ended by playing the "Evening Hymn" followed by the "Last Post". Even today when I hear that music I think of Invergordon and I get a lump in my throat! The wonderful setting and the echoing of the bugles around the Games Field created an atmosphere which lifted the hairs on the back of your neck...lovely memories!
Added by Bill Geddes on 02 June 2009
When I was a kid this house was known as the 'Major's house' and just along a bit was the haunted house which I think was a public house at one time.
Anonymous comment added on 02 June 2009
It certainly was an arena type setting for the games and as a child the walk or, as a treat, the bus up to the Polish Memorial built up the excitement. It is a shame a compromise couldn't have been reached about the field.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 02 June 2009
Yes, a great picture which kindles great memories. I remember saving my pocket money for weeks so I could spend it all on Hercher's shows! I also remember Games days when in the Scouts, when we used to run messages from events to the announcer - I wonder if they still do that? If they do they'll probably use mobile phones! Been meaning to get back to the Games for years, but the Rec just doesn't have the same attraction.
Added by Fraser Dryden on 03 June 2009
What nostalgia!!! Bill, your comments bring it all back. All the bands marching down the lovely wide High Street (as it was then!!) - you could see the bands from the British Legion all the way down. Happy days.
Added by Rosalie (Graham) Samaroo on 04 June 2009
I am wondering if anyone has any info about Captain James MacKenzie? He was the son of Daphne and Col HAC MacKenzie. James died in 1984. I am trying to find any photos, obituary etc.
Added by Judy Chase on 18 July 2011
Hi there I am in the middle of buying this house at the moment so am trying to get any old pictures etc of the house if anyone has any. Unfortunately Daphne Mackenzie passed away last year and her sons have sold the house. They still own all the surrounding land and games field you are talking about they seem very nice men and have a big attachment to the grounds and area and also what the house was and what there parents had there. I dare say they would maybe entertain the idea of having a small version of the games. Any past info etc on the house would be really welcome again.
Added by Andy Mac on 17 July 2014
A shame that the old haunted house has been burnt down. It used to scare the life out of us.
Added by Shaun Davis on 02 January 2015
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