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The Invergordon Archive

High Street, Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
High Street, Invergordon

A view of the top of the High Street with Taylor's Garage in the background. To the left of the garage building is the old police station, now a private house. The long building at the front of the picture now forms Oakes Court and behind this and to the right is Oakes Villa.
Picture added on 16 April 2004
Oakes Villa was where my grandparents David and Millie Ross used to live and they also ran their dental practice from here. My mam and dad Bill and Rosa Smith moved there with the family in 1968.
The house was sold in 1979. I have lots of happy memories of the house and huge garden where I kept my horse.
Added by Alicia Smith on 08 April 2005
Hi Alicia, can you remember you had a pony and when Florence and I got married in 1970 we lived in the Neuk? Remember we used to let the pony eat the grass in our garden? I have a photo of you holding the pony with our son Allan on it. Those were the days. It was such a lovely little house.
Added by John Urquhart on 20 October 2005
The area at the rear/left of Taylors was used for dumping old vehicles and was a major "play" area for kids in Joss Street, and around, in the 40s and 50s. We had endless fun with the old cars and trucks dumped here.
Added by Billy Geddes on 24 October 2005
Yes, Billy, I remember sitting behind the steering wheel of some old wreck and changing gears with the stick shift, and no glass in the windshield, had to make our own fun back then.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 25 October 2005
Hello Alicia I remember your Mum and Dad, particularly your Dad who was my teacher for Higher Woodwork and Technical Drawing. There were only two of us in the class so we got good training. He also helped me build my first boat, a GP14.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 28 October 2005
The lane/Path between Taylors Garage and the house - as far as I remember this led up to the catholic Church.
Added by Doug Will on 22 November 2006
Doug, do you recall the military buildings on Outram St during the war? - right across the street from Buckies? Were they Naval or Airforce? I remember the buildings but not the Force, or maybe it was multi....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 24 November 2006
Harry, the military building on Outram Street was further along towards Shore Road. It was used as a supply area for fire fighting equipment. It was a corrugated iron building painted a reddish colour. I think there is mention elsewhere that the windows etc were all smashed up. Right across from Buckies was an open space which we called 'Yellow Lane' where the prefabs were erected. Bobby Fair lived in one.
Added by Doug Will on 25 November 2006
Bill and Harry, the area behind Taylor's was indeed a good "play area" in all the old cars. Also there were lots of gooseberry bushes which we used to eat. Oh! the stomache ache afterwards when the fruit was not ripe enough for eating. Good happy days though.
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 27 November 2006
Rosalie, I once remember playing on my own among the cars. I was on my tricycle and toppled over into a huge patch of high nettles. I lay there screaming and afraid to move in case I got even more stings. My saviour was Billy Sutherland who heard the bawling and came to rescue me. Even today I can feel the gratitude I felt towards him at the time!
Added by Bill Geddes on 27 November 2006
One of my relatives John Farquhar Munro lived at No 13 High Street until his death in 1937 when we presume his housekeeper then lived there in accordance with the will. Does anyone know anything of the Munro or Alexander families at No13?
Rod Fraser
Added by Rod Fraser on 05 June 2013
Hi Alicia, don't know if this is the same person but I am Wendy Thomson, used to live with my gran at The Grange. We would ride your Shetland pony Sandy. I used to highland dance with the Dorothy Gollan troupe at the Strath. I have lived in the USA for 30 odd years but will be home this year, would love to catch up!!!
Added by Wendy MacGregor Thomson on 05 January 2014
My Great (x4) grandfather Alexander Ross had an industrial block of land at the east end of the High Street on the south side in the 1820s. This was tenanted by Charles Denham who ran a hemp manufacturing works on the site. Denham advertised the auction sale of his business in 1829. The advert stated that the buildings on the site were equally suited for hemp manufacture or the pork trade (slaughter and curing of pork). I suspect that the block in the right-hand bottom quarter of this photo from its shape might be the one in question. Dimensions given in Alexander's will and in Denham's sale advert were 155 feet along the High Street, 190 feet on the west, 178 feet on the south shore or sea side and 130 feet on the east. There was a double dwelling house on the site with a number of "sunk cellars". The buildings on the site were damaged by the military during the Rosskeen riots of 1843 and our family received compensation for this from the Heritors, Commissioners of Supply and JPs for County of Ross.
Added by Meryl Smith on 05 July 2015
Rosskeen riots? Never heard of this, can anyone elaborate?
Added by Bill Geddes on 05 July 2015
The Rosskeen riots were an angry protest by a mob armed with sticks and stones who were against the induction of the Rev. John Mackenzie into the pastoral care of Resolis. The mob assembled at the parish church of Rosskeen and waylaid members of the Presbytery trying to get to the church for the ceremony. The Presbytery members had met at Braelangwel House the residence of Sir H. Fraser at noon 28 September 1843. The residence was about 2 miles from the church. There were two roads leading to the church and the mob intercepted presbytery members on these routes with violence. The military were called in and the Presbytery members retreated to Fraser’s residence where the induction ceremony was performed. Several protesters were arrested and brought before the courts.
The trustees of Alexander's estate were awarded 24pounds 14s for damages and 5 pounds to compensate for rent lost.
Added by Meryl Smith on 05 July 2015
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