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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.
The large version may help to identify some of the faces.

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Picture added on 05 March 2010 at 11:59
Any idea which churchyard? I don't think it is Rosskeen, surroundings don't look right.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 06 March 2010
Difficult to see the Invergordon connection - could possibly be coming down to Rosskeen from Achnagarron but don't think so, or maybe even down to Kilmuir from above the cemetery. I think it is earlier than the date of 1960 mentioned based on dress code.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 08 March 2010
Looks like a pre WW2 photo to me. Having said that it was very common for men to wear bowlers at funerals well into the '60s and even the occasional top hat. The soldier behind the piper is wearing putees on his legs and dates the picture to an earlier era?
Added by Bill Geddes on 11 March 2010
I don't think the date for this is right as looking at the soldiers dress it appears to be a lot earlier.
Added by Doug Will on 11 March 2010
Yes, think Billy has it right, the putees suggests WW1 or right after.
I remember other funerals of '40s-'50s where they would follow behind the hearse to the outskirts of town. Lots of men but no women. I remember when they would go past my house my grandmother would have me close the curtains...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 11 March 2010
Harry, you are so right. Women didn't walk behind the hearse at all and I remember the curtains being closed for a funeral passing. Also men would stop and bow their heads when the hearse passed and policemen would salute.
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 12 March 2010
I think this photograph might be of the funeral procession for my relative Donnie Innes of Portleich. He died in 1935 and was buried in Kilmuir Easter Churchyard; he served with the 4th Seaforths in WW1. He received the Medaille Millitaire. I have a very similar photo of this procession to post and would welcome comments from people with more knowledge of the area.
Added by M Davison on 16 July 2010
Just on funerals..I remember when I was about 12 going to Jock the Barbers (King Street) for some reason and a funeral party was assembled outside a house just across the road in Clyde(?) Street. The fleet was in at the time and a Sailor (not an officer) happened to be passing by. As soon as he saw the funeral he snapped to attention and held his arm at the salute until the cortage moved off. He stood like a statue for fully 10 minutes and I have never forgotten the impression it made on me that a stranger should have such respect for something that had nothing to do with him.
Added by Bill Geddes on 16 July 2010
The man immediately behind the Officer in uniform is my grandfather, Thomas (Tom) MacKenzie, of Saltburn. From his dress I think he is representing the British Legion, Invergordon. The Invergordon branch was established largely as a result of his efforts and he was secretary for a number of years. He joined the Invergordon Branch in December 1934, admitted as a Life Member of The British Legion in January 1939 and nominated for the vice presidency of the British Legion by the Highland Area Council.
Added by Karen Graham on 19 July 2010
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