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The Invergordon Archive

Granny Clark, Janet and Alan
The Invergordon Archive
Granny Clark, Janet and Alan

My mother and I are researching our family history and have come across your website, which we have greatly enjoyed browsing through. We are wondering if you or any of your many contributors to the site may be able to help us?

We are currently trying to find any information on my great granny, Janet Clark (nee McBeath) born 1874 in Wick, her husband Andrew and their children Andrew born 1905, Helen, Kate, Jane (Jean) born 1912, Donald and Alan. I'm afraid the information we have on them is fairly limited - we know they lived in Invergordon as mum can remember her mum talking about her childhood. Andrew Snr worked at the docks (crane driver?) and at least two of the children were born in Rosskeen - Donald and Jane (my granny). Their neighbours were the Miller family (who emigrated to Canada) and granny went to school with Stella Miller.

This is the only photo I have of Janet with my granny Jane (age about 5yrs) and we think her younger brother Alan. This would put the photo at about 1917. I also have a photo of grandad Clark (Andrew) (age 18yrs) - see picture #1366 - and a group photo of (L-R) Helen? Andrew, Kate? and Jane in the front (picture #1367).

Any information would be gratefully received.
Picture added on 11 August 2010 at 09:51
A little more information:- Andrew and Janet were married in 1903 in Aberdeen. Their eldest son, Andrew, was born in 1905 in Edinburgh so the family must have moved to Invergordon shortly thereafter. Apparently they lived just off the High Street. Janet was a very good cook and her services were quite often in demand. At some point the family moved to Eske (?) Cottages in Saltburn and two of the children, Andrew and Katherine emigrated to Canada in their teens/early twenties.
Added by Laura Pugh on 01 September 2010
A bit more information has come to light on my Great Grandparents, Andrew and Janet Clark. They have been found on the 1911 Census (not by me, I haven't been able to access it yet).

The following members of the family were listed as living at 157 High Street, Invergordon:
Andrew Clark 35yrs and Janet Clark 36yrs. Their children were Rachael 12yrs (from Janet's first marriage), Andrew 5yrs, Helen 4yrs and Katherine 10mths. Andrew, Helen and Katherine were all born in Edinburgh (Balcarres St.).

Andrew (Snr) is listed as a Bone Mill Labourer.

If anything jogs a memory, I would be pleased to hear from you. Thank you.
Added by Laura Pugh on 11 April 2011
The buildings known locally as the Bone Mill are still standing on the south side of Invergordon High Street. Previously occupied by the SAI (Scottish Agricultural Industries) who used it as a store and distribution centre for agricultural fertilisers etc.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 12 April 2011
Thank you Ronald for your information on the Bone Mill buildings. Does anybody have any old photos of these buildings, or are there any archives that hold old photographs of the buildings? It would also be interesting to see how the layout of High Street has changed, in particular the location of 157 High Street.
Added by Laura Pugh on 15 April 2011
Laura, if you google Invergordon Scotland then click on Google maps, you can navigate the streets including High Street.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 16 April 2011
Thank you Harry.
Added by Laura Pugh on 16 April 2011
And if you go to the website old-maps.co.uk and home in on Invergordon, you can see how the town and area has changed over the years.
Anonymous comment added on 17 April 2011
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