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The Invergordon Archive

Ploughing Competition
The Invergordon Archive
Ploughing Competition

This is a picture of my father, Bert Mackenzie and his two horses, Dandy and Brisk, at a ploughing match at Tarbet Mains, Kildary in 1953.
Picture added on 28 March 2012 at 11:03
Nice. Too bad the one horse moved as picture was taken. Alison did your father win some ploughing matches?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 28 March 2012
Yes Harry, he won a few ploughing matches in his time on tractors, but with his horses his best achievement was 2nd in the Northern Counties Championship in 1953. He is almost 83 years old now and lives in Invergordon. Until recently, he was active on the judging side at ploughing matches and if his health keeps, he will be judging again towards the end of this year.
Added by Alison Skitt on 29 March 2012
Does anyone remember Jimmy Gunn? He was good with the horses at ploughing. He worked in Newmore farm. I am sure there are people out there who remember the tattie picking on Newmore. Gaffer gun was a character. I remember Hughie Ross I think, and Big John? Hughie was good with tennis ball blasting it off the steading walls. Johnny Gun had a set of rings we used to try and exercise on.
Added by Tommy Macallister on 24 June 2012
Remember Jimmy Gunn well from time spent at Newmore. Johnny Gunn, Bobbo Gunn, Hughie Ross and the gaffer Dan Gunn and his pipe all remembered fondly. Wasn't one of the Gunns married and lived at Tomich cottages, where I remember seeing a wild cat shot and hanging in the back yard?
Added by Rod Bell on 24 June 2012
The "Big John ?" in Tommy's comment is John Munroe. He lived with his parents at Fiona cottage on the face of the hill behind the Rosskeen Free Church.
Added by George Mackay on 25 June 2012
Remember them all very well, we used to live in Rosebank just along the road. We used to call Gaffer Gunn "The Mannie". If I remember right the 4 Gunn boys all married 4 Adam sisters.
Added by Rachel Wilson (Elder) on 16 August 2012
Isie Gunn lived at Tomich, she was married to Tom the sheppard.
Added by John Morrison on 17 August 2012
There was Cathy as well, she was married to one of the McGruers.
Added by Rachel Wilson (Elder) on 19 August 2012
Nearly right Rachel, three Gunn boys married three Adam girls, Donald to Eppie, Johnnie to Ishbel and Bobby to Margaret. Sadly the boys are now passed away but still a big family of children and grandchildren left...
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 15 October 2012
Aye Harry, the horse moved during the photo as it was a still day and the smoke from Bert's fag got up his nose.
Added by John Mackenzie, Bert's oldest son on 25 November 2012
Probably a woodbine John. There are 3 others in the photo, any idea who they might be?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 25 November 2012
Lovely reading about the Gunns...my granny is Cathy Macgruer, she married Danie.
Added by Fiona Macgruer on 16 September 2015
Think it could be my Father standing at the back the middle man Roddy Ross he worked in Tomich.
Added by Ann Urquhart on 24 September 2015
Hughie Ross was my dad. Sadly he passed away May 2007. Oh how he loved to sing and whistle.
Added by Elaine Hogg on 18 March 2019
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