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The Invergordon Archive

Thomson Campbell
The Invergordon Archive
Thomson Campbell

Drummer Thomson Campbell of Portleich, Barbaraville.
Picture added on 18 April 2004
Does anyone know if this gentleman was related to Thomasina Campbell Ross (wife of William Ross) of Portleich/Barbaraville?
Added by Jean Ross on 30 May 2005
I am the son of Angus Thompson Campbell, b. Tain October 1 1928. My father was brought up at Portleich Barbaraville. He was named after the above Thompson Campbell, his uncle, who was killed during World War I.
The above Thomson Campbell was the brother of Angus Campbell (my grandfather "Angie Scottie").
Their mother and father were Margaret Campbell (nee Thomson) and Angus William Campbell ("Scottie Campbell") Dance Master, Musician and Stone Mason.
My father curently lives in Paisley, Scotland. I currently live in the Cayman Islands. My father and I are replying to this while on vacation together in Canada when we discovered this site while "surfing the net".
If you want further info you can contact me at descamp@candw.ky
Regards, Des Campbell
Added by Des Campbell on 07 August 2005
Scottie Campbell taught us to dance in a shed with bicycles in it, and I think he only had one leg - is that right? Barbara Andrews, my sister, and I used to cycle out from Invergordon with Scottie's granddaughter on the handlebars (she got the odd sharp nip whenever I braked too suddenly). We loved Saturdays. We competed at the Highland Games every year. Happy days.

My uncle Rougvie Campbell (married to Jean Anderson) of Pollo was Scottie Campbell's son. Rougvie and Jean had a ropey wreck of a car which puffed along and was always breaking down. Rougvie could always get it going. One year they even drove it down to London, where he was driving in the London-Brighton Run.
Added by Jet Andrews (Robb) on 21 September 2005
Hello there, I'm new to this site and I'm finding it very interesting. We moved to Portleich in May 2005, and are currently renovating "the shieling" Portleich. It was built, according to the cornerstone of the house in 1825. Whilst ripping out all the old cladding etc., I have found some very interesting old stones, obviously intended for somewhere far grander than this little fisherman’s cottage. I was just wondering, as Portleich is such a small place, - where Thomas Campbell lived in Portleich (there seems only a dozen houses to chose from) and if anyone could tell me of any of the former owners of the property prior to 1957. It seems to have been part of the old Tarbet Estate and that’s where the large stones may be from? Any local information would be appreciated. Fascinating stuff !!! Look forward to any response . Found some papers behind a wall that had hidden a fireplace since March 1916. Haven’t opened them yet, hope there is a name on them!
Added by Raymond Michelson on 05 June 2007
Mr. Michelson, my name is Desmond Campbell and I was the person who posted the first comment on picture #126..........My father Angus Thompson Campbell was brought up in "The Shieling" in Portlech.... he now lives in Paisley..........His telephone number is 0141 883 8351 and if you would like to call him he would be very happy to try and provide you with further info. He has two brothers who still live in the area: Frazier Campbell in Kildary and Ian Campbell of 1 Gordon Place Invergordon Telephone No. 01349 852871 who again would be happy to talk to you. My father suggested that Ian probably knows more than anyone about the "history" of Portleich.
Good luck and in due course let me know how you get on.
Desmond Campbell
Cayman Islands
Added by Desmond Campbell on 15 June 2007
Hello Desmond! That’s amazing. I will be in touch, and thank you so much for the information and contact numbers . Will call sometime next week, any further developments will be posted on this site...thanks again Desmond for taking the time out to respond. Look forward to talking to members of your family; it's all very interesting....cheers Ray ..
Added by Raymond Michelson on 16 June 2007
Hello! I've just been surfing the net and I came along my granda's name - Ian Campbell? My granda still lives in Invergordon. If you would like any info or anything just email me at: megymop@hotmail.co.uk
Added by Megan Macdonald on 14 April 2011
I've wondered about Rougvie Campbell ever since I heard of him from Cousin Lilian "Moss" Rougvie. Can anyone fill me in about our family connection?
Added by Nancy Anne Rougvie on 19 August 2011
I lived next door to Rougvie and Jean when I was a boy. I would spend time messing about with machinery and cars etc in our garage and Rougvie would often come out and spend some time sitting there and chatting away with me.
From what I remember, he had used to work at Balnagown estates for the Ross's and looked after their vehicles. He also was a piper and I remember the sounds of the pipes as he played in his shed.
An interesting man with a sharp sense of humour.
Added by Ron Fraser on 04 September 2011
This is all fascinating! I will have to locate the letter from my late cousin, Lilian "Moss" Rougvie Hunt as she is the one who mentioned Rougvie in her "introduction" letter to me several years ago. I'd appreciate any information of who his parents, etc. might have been and how he managed to acquire the first name of Rougvie?
Added by Nancy Anne Rougvie on 05 September 2011
I have found the information from Lilian Morison Rougvie written 14 September 1987: "Rougvie Campbell taught me Highland dancing in his bicycle shop. All my memories of living there (Saltburn) were happy .... It is rather a pity that we had not heard from you (meaning her cousin Aileen Rougvie Russell Evans - later Crofts) years earlier because we were in England and Scotland in 1978 and 1980. We went to see Jeannie and Rougvie Campbell at Delney, and probably if my memory is correct had a wee dram at Maureen McKenzie’s. My son Peter also visited Jeanne in 1974, and visited our old house." Moss has since died and never responded further to any of our questions about Rougvie Campbell.
Added by Nancy Anne Rougvie on 13 November 2011
I well remember visiting Auntie Jean and Uncle Rougvie when they lived at Portleich. I also remember when Mrs Rougvie lived with them - Moss's mother - she was there till she died and is buried in Kilmuir Cemetery along with Jean and Rougvie. She was a lovely seamstress and made a flowergirl's dress plus bonnet and basket for me to wear at my cousin's wedding, I was about 6 or 7 at the time. Jean used to collect rent from property in Saltburn and send it to Moss. I have carved stones in my garden made by Scottie Campbell for his gravestone. They were in Jean's garden until she died and I now have them in mine. I have no recollection of a wee dram at our house but I hope you enjoyed it and we can maybe repeat the experience sometime!
Added by Maureen Mackenzie on 13 November 2011
Great to read all your comments about the inhabitants of Portleich. My interest is somewhat earlier - the late 18th century. My ancestor William MacKenzie was born there in 1778 to William & Christian. The family were fisherfolk then stone-masons - possibly working on Tarbat House then they moved to Cromarty - again probably working on Cromarty House. When they migrated to Australia (mid 19th century) their properties were called Calrossie & Bannans. So would live to hear more about the early inhabitants of the settlement - especially McKenzie descendants.
Added by Linley Hooper on 24 April 2016
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