We use cookies to track visitor statistics and personalise adverts. This info is shared with Google. Only use the site if you agree to this. OK, I agree

The Invergordon Archive

Soldier and two girls
The Invergordon Archive
Soldier and two girls

This image, taken by a photographic studio called E. J. Privell or Privett, Invergordon, has been among a collection of old photographs in my family home in the Isle of Lewis. This picture partners another - picture #1484 - and the two girls with the soldier appear to be the same two girls in the other photo. I wondered if they belonged to anyone in your area, although I know they may simply have stationed in Invergordon during WW1.

(The precise date of the photo is not known - Site Admin.)
Picture added on 17 November 2011 at 10:13
I seem to remember that there was a family called Privett in Invergordon, but I can't think of their first names or what they did!
Added by Joe MacDonald on 18 November 2011
I remember Mr Privett very well from his years as the Pool Superintendent - he taught me and many many others to swim by means of a rope and harness device that ran up one side of the pool. I have never seen the method used anywhere else but it seemed to work OK. The harness was fixed round the waist and the rope went through a block and tackle type device that was attached to a rope suspended the full length of the eastern end of the pool. He held the pupil up in the water as you learned the basic stroke and as you progressed the rope attached to the harness would slide along the suspended rope as you moved along. Gradually as you became more proficient he would decrease the level of support till you were swimming freely.
I believe that he was a photographer to trade and did the pool as a summer job in later life. He lived in the first house west of the pool and the house is still there and was occupied up until a few years ago by his daughter.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 18 November 2011
I too recall the name Privett and like Joe that is all I know.
In the other picture one of the girls is in the Seaforth Highlanders uniform - were women in uniform in those days?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 18 November 2011
Right you are Graham, I should have known, he was at the old pool with the contraption you describe.
I believe there is a picture of him demonstrating it on this site, if one looks under swimming pool.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 18 November 2011
That's how I learnt to swim too. I always thought he was the borough surveyor before Mr Woodburn and then retired and did the swimming pool. His daughter Joan lived in the house, he also had a son Stanley? Just think what Health & safety would make of the belt now far less the lack of chlorine but it never did us any harm..
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 19 November 2011
I remember Joan Privett, worked in the office in Frew's garage. The girl on the left of the photo has a good look of her. She stayed near the old swimming pool, Sunnyside Cottage on Saltburn Road next to the Goldsacks, remember delivering the mail to them.
Added by William Smart on 22 December 2011
Ernest James Privett was my grandfather. I believe Liz is correct in saying that he was (at one time at least) the borough surveyor, and he certainly had a photography business and some involvement with the swimming pool. My aunt, Joan Privett, worked for a while in the office at Frew's, though for many years prior to that she worked at the Egg Packing Station (or something similar!) in Dingwall. Joan was the last of the family to live in Sunnyside Cottage before poor health forced her to move to a nursing home. My father, Stanley, moved to Tyneside in the 1950s where he married and lived until his death in 2011. For many years we enjoyed family summer holidays in Invergordon - my younger sister Helen was even born in Dingwall, a little earlier than anticipated I believe! My grandfather was originally from Beckenham in Kent before he moved to Invergordon - I now live in Surrey, close to where he originated.
Added by John Privett on 12 April 2014
Ernest James Privett was my grandfather too. My father Edward Ernest Privett (Ted) died on 13 December 2014 and I am sure he was the eldest. Ted had 3 children David, Margaret & James but unfortunately James died aged 46. Margaret now lives in Bicester near Oxord. Any information or pictures about the Privett family would be most welcome as I do not have any.
Added by Margaret Elizabeth Lyon (formerly Privett) on 01 February 2015
Please add your comments about this picture using the form below.


Your Name

Your email address - this will be shown on the page and will allow the system to notify you of further comments added to this picture.


Liam Gaughan with friendsLiam Gaughan with friendsLiam Gaughan with friendsCromlet ClassJames Sangster Shivas of InvergordonF Block Sports TeamGroup PhotoDonald (Sonny) Macleod and Harry O'NeillDonald James ' Sonny' MacleodAlexander “Eckie” Murray