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Invergordon Funeral
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Invergordon Funeral

I cannot say whose funeral this photo depicts other than it has an Invergordon connection. The photographer is JD Ross, 10 Shore Road, Invergordon.
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Picture added on 05 March 2010 at 11:54
Is this photo the correct way around as the people seem to be walking towards the Blackpark end of the cottages and if the funeral was at a house you would expect them to walk down the Brae back to the town and cemetery?
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 05 March 2010
The photo is the correct way round as can be seen by the way the bandsmen are holding their instruments, particularly the drummer at the rear of the band - his drum sling is going from right shoulder to left hip, the way it should be.
Added by Joe MacDonald on 06 March 2010
Thanks Joe, still puzzled as to the route taken unless they were heading to the deceased's house for a service.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 07 March 2010
Liz (if I may call you that), having looked at it again, I think that the Seaforth Highlanders are formed as a burial party, also they do not appear to be "swinging" their arms which they would be if returning from the burial. So they may well heading towards the deceased's home to collect the coffin. Also it would suggest that the deceased was a serviceman of some description. Hope that helps. Regards.
Added by Joe MacDonald on 08 March 2010
Liz/Joe - I may be wrong but this procession looks to me to be on Grosvenor Street heading to wards the brae end and away from the hospital end. If that was the case then they would be making a left turn down the brae. There also seems to be bit of a gap between the military and the civilian part of the procession which might suggest that the coffin is on a carriage between the two. The other point, and it is only supposition, is that if I am right and they are heading west along Grosvenor Street, could the funeral procession have started at the hospital where they may have picked up the coffin and headed through the old gates at the east end of Grosvenor Street? The significant military presence and the high numbers attending suggest that this was the funeral of someone of some elevated position. I am not sure about the date of 1950 - it looks to me that it could have been earlier - maybe you could pinpoint more accurately by the military style of dress Joe.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 08 March 2010
Graham - you may be right about the direction as I don't remember much about the "cottages" as I left Invergordon when I was fifteen, some years ago now. As for the carriage I can't make out any way of moving it, either towed by the troops or other means. Not only that but I can't see a decision being made to take a carriage down the "brae" especially if it was as steep as I remember it! From a uniform point of view I think this was between the wars as just before WW2 the Regular Army had gone into battle dress - not sure about the TA. Anyway hope that leads to some conclusion.
Added by Joe MacDonald on 09 March 2010
This is totally a guess but my great uncle David (Big Dave) Mackenzie, who had a grocer's business in the High Street, was a former Seaforth Highlander. He had a military funeral as I remember and he lived at the home of his nephew, also David Mackenzie, in Golf View Terrace.
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 10 March 2010
You got me thinking about this Rosalie so much so that I went up and had a look round the cottages and I am now convinced it is on Grosvenor Street. If this was on Golf View Terrace then the procession would be passing the end of Cadboll Road but there is no cottage beyond the end of Cadboll Road front facing on to Golf View Terrace. The last one is the end house of Cadboll Road and it is the gable end facing Golf View Terrace. I think the procession is just passing the top of Elliot Road - if you look through to the right of the tree behind the soldiers you can see the back of the houses on Murray Road running parallel to Elliot Road.
I suggested earlier that the procession may have started from the hospital and picture #843 may support this as it shows another military funeral, looks like from the same era, starting from the hospital so that may well have been the route taken.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 11 March 2010
Hi Graham, thank you for checking this out. Big Dave died in 1955/6. Although I remember the roads in the Cottages I can't remember the direction which road went where. It looked so familiar though, that it looked as if the procession was walking down to Golf View Terrace. You are very probably right so thanks again.
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 11 March 2010
Thanks Graham, Joe and Rosalie, all valid points, I hadn't thought of the hospital or the gates onto the cottages. Joe, I tend to agree with you about the steepness of the Brae with regards to a carriage but the only other alternative was through Blackpark past the dump if that was a road then and maybe to the Church of Scotland via Academy Road? Rosalie, was your Uncle Dave's shop over the lane from Eric Urquhart's shoe shop because I remember being given a Golden Shred pencil by a man in that shop?
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 11 March 2010
Hi Liz. Yes, Dave's shop was across the lane from Eric Urquhart's shoe shop. He was aye giving bits and pieces away to the kids. Bill Geddes has memories of that too. Dave was quite a character!
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 12 March 2010
Your right Rosalie, Dave was a lovely man. Anytime I was in the shop a rendition of "You are my sunshine" was rewarded with biscuits! Dave also bought me the occasional lemonade in the Royal lounge bar (while he had something a tad stronger). Maybe the Royal was too handy as his shop was nearly next door and in the end the booze did its damage.

Added by Bill Geddes on 20 March 2010
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