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The Invergordon Archive

Mains Farm
The Invergordon Archive
Mains Farm

The lovely steading and farmhouse at Mains Farm.
Picture added on 30 July 2009 at 10:02
Malcolm, I am enjoying your recent pictures, especially this one. It is great to see that the Mains is still there. I used to do the haying in these fields.
The steading was always impressive.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 30 July 2009
How lovely to see this photo. Today I found this place mentioned on 1900 documents for my family and I've just Googled to see what it referred to. It seems fairly clear that the family lived and worked here. Thanks for helping me visualise it.
Added by Judith on 07 September 2009
Remember Harry Gordon who drove the milk cart, horse driven. I helped him before school. Milk was delivered by jug - no bottles then.
Added by Gordon Will on 09 March 2010
I often went with Harry in his milk cart round the streets. It was my ambition to have that job when I grew up! Looking back maybe teaching came a poor second to the fun of being on the cart!
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 12 March 2010
I also went on the milk cart in the freezing cold in the early morning. The "helper" fetched the enamelled milk jugs from the customers' door and took them to the cart to be filled. The milk was carried in two churns fitted with taps. There was a small drawer on the cart which contained odds and ends, amongst which were small metal spikes called "cogs" which could be fitted into holes in the horse's shoes to give the animal a better grip on icy roads. I can't recall their ever being used. The cart driver at that time was Floey Hercher, a daughter of the famous showman, Charlie Hercher. He billed himself as "Cheerful Charlie of the North" and came regularly to Invergordon with the "Shows". Charlie was still doing handstands and other tricks when he was well into his seventies.
Milk was a suspect and dangerous commodity in those days and was the source of glandular TB, which was common amongst children. Several of my classmates had had TB glands removed from the neck, which left unsightly scars. Towards the end of the Forties, a scheme to eradicate TB from the national dairy herd became effective, the first breed to achieve Tuberculin Tested status being the Ayrshire breed. The first farm in the area to be so designated was Dalmore at Alness, owned by Willie Oag. Pulmonary TB was common, so much so that special Sanatoria were set up to isolate the sufferers. There was no drug effective against TB until the late 1940s and the treatment offered consisted in feeding the patients well and supplying them with fresh air. To this end they were wheeled out onto the verandas, in all weathers. The hospital at Invergordon, which was originally a military hospital, became a sanatorium but after the advent of a drug effective against pulmonary TB it was converted to other uses. Eventually increasingly stringent regulation of milk production and distribution, together with pasteurisation, removed the incidence of milk-borne disease organisms.
Added by Gordon Legge on 12 March 2010
Just caught up with this lovely photo. It’s super to know the Mains buildings are still there. Invergordon never had much in the way of architecture but these are a lovely set of buildings. Are they listed?
Talking about the milk cart (which I remember), the dustcart was also horse drawn in the ’40s. I don’t know the name of the man who had the reins but he was universally known as "Buckie" (presumably after bucket?). He used to whistle tunes as he went along and if he spotted me by the side of the road he would lean over and leer in a dark voice "Are ye frightened O’ me?" I never was as I could tell a funny man when I saw one!
Added by Bill Geddes on 20 March 2010
I used to love hearing "Buckie" the scaffie man whistling when he was doing his rubbish collections. I was friends with his daughter Andree, their surname was Clark and the family lived in Outram Street. I think one of his sons lives next door to Helen Angus (Ross) in Gordon Terrace.
I may be wrong but I think the name "Buckie" came about because he was originally from Buckie.
Added by Janet Shoosmith (Macpherson) on 20 March 2010
That was "Buckie" Clark who lived on Outram Street.
Added by Gordon Will on 21 March 2010
Bill, the Invergordon Mains are listed. You can check the status of any building in the Highland area by visiting the Highland Council website. Go to the Historic Environment Record (HER) interactive mapping and click on the dots or stars for more info on each building.
Added by Kmmc55 on 21 March 2010
According to 1851 census, my great-grandfather, Charles Hood Sutherland, age 13, was a house servant working and living with Charles Hood and wife Dorothea at Invergordon Mains Farm. Charles Hood Sutherland was born on the Hood farm at Doll, Clyne, Sutherlandshire, where CHS's father, John Sutherland worked. The latter property was owned by Charles Hood. Charles Hood Sutherland immigrated to Canada in mid-1850s with his parents and sisters.
Added by Barbara Winn on 13 October 2017
HiMy 2x gt grandfather James Prior was a gamekeeper and lived at Invergordon Mains in the 1860s. Two of his daughters died young; Joyce, died 1865 and Devina in 1866 and I believe they are buried at Roskeen Cemetery. Any records or information on this family would be appreciated. Thanks,

Added by Colin Middlemiss on 17 August 2018
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