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The Invergordon Archive

King Street and Castle Road, Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
King Street and Castle Road, Invergordon

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Picture added on 14 December 2012 at 12:54
Great series of photos Lachlan, can see a bit of the cobble-stone in this one.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 14 December 2012
I see the usual suspects lounging against the wall of the Co-op. They were normally on the other side outside Johny Boyds shop (just on the left hand side of this shot.)
Added by Bill Geddes on 22 December 2012
Boyd's used to be on the right hand side when I was a boy. In the early to mid 70s I used to be the co-op delivery boy with the big basket on the front of the bike - Graeme Askew was the Boyd's biker. Mr Fairburn (spelling?) was my boss at the Co-op.
Added by Kenny MacCormack on 22 December 2012
Sorry! I got that wrong, Boyds was indeed on the right hand side of this picture. I can smell the coffee grinding machine even now!
Added by Bill Geddes on 22 December 2012
It was Boyd's on the right and Macgregor's on the left. Billy is right about the "loungers"; they used to sit on the window-sills of all 3 establishments, myself included.
The bit of foliage than can be seen in the picture might be the pear tree behind Boyd's. Long gone I suppose?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 22 December 2012
The Invergordon supermarkets were moving all over the place in the 1970s and 80s. MacGreggor's (from my memory) started off on the left hand side of this photo - and ended up where the co-op is now. The co-op which was left hand, far side of this photo closed when they re-did the junction, then re-emerged very recently. Rhind's started in Clyde Street, and then off to the High Street before ending up on the other side of the Street.
Added by Kenny MacCormack on 22 December 2012
Would like to wish everyone on this site all the best for 2013.
Added by Gordon Will on 30 December 2012
I always thought that Slaters shop was on the right hand side corner but this was pre 1950.

Whilst here, would like to wish all on the site the very best for 2013.
Added by Doug Will on 03 January 2013
Happy New Year to all the Invergordonians. Still miss the old place and the people. Thanks to all the contributors. Keep the photos and comments coming!!!!! I love to read them all.
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 04 January 2013
Slaters was on the left side of King Street when walking towards the harbour. I think it was on the corner of Clyde Street where the entrance to the bakery was. Anyone remember going there early in the morning to buy butteries direct from the oven? Where can you have that experience now? Sadly not everything in life gets better! Happy New Year to all!
Added by Bill Geddes on 04 January 2013
Happy New Year to one and all. I was surprised to see the timeline on this picture? I thought the fountain was moved early on in the century but it abviously was still in place during the '50s?
Added by JillianB on 04 January 2013
Doug, Slaters was on the crossroads of King Street and Clyde Street, butchers on two corners, paper shop the other. If look on my photos it's now house painted pink.
Added by Gordon Will on 04 January 2013
Yes it was Jillian, moved early '50s due to it being knocked down fairly regularly by Jimmy Davidson, the farmer at The Mains.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 January 2013
Bill, used to be message boy delivering rolls and butteries before going to school, was bit cold this time of year.
Added by Gordon Will on 04 January 2013
Happy days Gordon, I did the same, think your brother Norman did too?
Baker, Jimmy Carmichael from Aberdeen, Davie Moir, Billy Russell were the Baker's helpers at the time.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 January 2013
Yes Davy and Billy was there same time as me - cannot remember other baker but his wife was manageress of the shop.
Added by Gordon Will on 05 January 2013
The other baker was Jock Forsyth who lived in Saltburn. He was a good singer and you could hear him sing before you got to the bakehouse door.
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 05 January 2013
Right you are Rosalie. They all sang, Davie Moir sang Unchained Melody. We didn't need a radio.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 06 January 2013
What a gem of a photo and it seems so familiar to so many of you - the little girl in the foreground is just superb!
Can anyone put names to any of the people in the picture, even those with their backs to the camera?

Just a point about dates - all those for Lachie's postcards are guesses based on the content, but if you know a more accurate date, then please let us know.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 07 January 2013
I was wondering if the girl was Muriel Macrae?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 07 January 2013
Looking for more information regarding the Slaters. Was this Munro the Slater? He was my grandad, William Munro's father.
Added by Heather Blanchard on 13 June 2013
Hi Heather. No this is not Munro the Slater. He lived next door to us in Clyde Street. A lovely man.
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 14 June 2013
How wonderful, Rosalie. I am very much interested in my grandad's side of the family. I would appreciate any further information if you have it on the Munros. I try and return up to the Highlands as often as possible as it's so beautiful.
Added by Heather Blanchard on 14 June 2013
Hi Heather. If you could email me I would be pleased to give you more information on your family.
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 03 July 2013
That's very kind of you, Rosalie! Thank you.
Added by Heather Blanchard on 03 July 2013
Gordon, just seen comment re Slaters. The bakery entrance was on the junction Clyde Street and King Street. Their shop was further down behind bakery on King Street. Has anybody ever found out what the large pile of stones were that was on the ground behind bakery and Outram Street? These stones were there when we lived Outram Street. That was in the late thirties. Anyone I asked said they did not know. There was a prefab on a piece of ground by the side of the bakery.
Added by Doug Will on 22 August 2014
Yes Doug and a chip shop just further over. I could be wrong about this but I think the people who lived in the prefab were the McTaggerts. Bill the father was Invergordon FC Goalie, his daughter Millie was in my class at school.
Added by Bill Geddes on 22 August 2014
Yes Billy. The McTaggarts did live in the prefab on Outram Street.
Added by Catherine MacKenzie (nee Clark) on 23 August 2014
The McTaggarts then must have moved from the prefab to the cottage on Ross Street beside the Masonic Hall...? I remember the Hearns in the prefab...
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 19 October 2014
Some confusion up thread on 14/6/2013. The Slater business in King Street was a baker and grocery shop although I cannot recall anyone of the name Slater being involved in the business, possibly before my time.
There was a Mr Munro who carried on business as a slater, he and his family lived on Clyde Street just opposite Slaters bakery door, but moved up to a house within the Wrennery on High Street after it was refurbished.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 26 October 2014
My father Willie Geddes was the Manager of Slaters Bakery & Grocers for a period in the 1950s. I believe the owner was from Aberdeen where he may have had other business premises. The business covered quite a big site on the corner of King and Clyde Street (or was it Outram?). The bakery must have been quite old as all the machinery was driven by a belt mechanism and the ovens were coke fired. The first product out of the oven each morning was "butteries", a close relative to croissants, followed by "morning rolls". People came to the bakery to buy in the early morning before the shop opened.
I spent quite some time here, especially with my dad on Sundays when he was doing the books. I used to spend time weighing and bagging up tea, lentils, dried peas etc, which all came loose in those days. In common with all grocers at that time, in front of the counter was glass topped biscuit tins containing loose digestives, rich tea etc. The favourite for many people was the tin containing "broken biscuits" which were particularly cheap.
Added by Bill Geddes on 04 November 2014
I worked in Slaters during school holidays at the time of the smelter being built and it was a busy shop. Davy Davidson used to drive the van and Nancy Bell's husband used to deliver orders. I remember Josephine in the shop selling Bill Beavis the post an apple turnover which he discovered was a Bridie when he put custard on it. It was very popular on the way home from dances to go to the bakehouse for a fresh hot pie/sausage roll. Franki Ross one of the bakers bought the business from the Mcarthur family who moved to the Kyle Bakery in Bonar Bridge. Best morning rolls ever......
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 12 September 2015
I can confirm that is me Muriel Macrae, I'm in the picture.
Added by Muriel Macrae on 22 September 2015
Thank you Muriel for confirming that.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 23 September 2015
Just wondering if the slater Munroe was the family I knew . The eldest boy was my pal his name was Donnie Munro .He was the message boy for Jimmy Grant the butcher.
Added by Billy Macpherson on 25 August 2018
Hi Billy. Not too sure who you mean.There was a shop in King st. Called Slaters if that is any help to you.? If I get any more information I will lye the back to you.
Added by M.macrae on 27 August 2018
Hi Billy, Ronald Stewart mentioned earlier that there was a Mr Munro who was a slater to trade who moved to The Wrennery on the High Street opposite the filling station. I remember a son called Tony, a daughter called Elizabeth & an older son nicknamed Crow if that's any help.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 28 August 2018
Hi Liz yes that must be the Munro family I knew. The eldest son was nicknamed Boko Munro who was my pal. I lived behind the Wrennery .
Added by Billy Macpherson on 28 August 2018
Hi M.macrae thanks for your reply. I knew a Robert Macrae who lived in Hugh Miller street .
Added by Billy Macpherson on 28 August 2018
Hi Billy Robert Macrae is my brother.He lives in Evanton and I do as well.My other brother Richard lives in Invergordon.and my sister Jean as well..Do you still live in Invergordon?
Added by Muriel macrae on 29 August 2018
Hi Muriel I live in the south east of england now.Been to your old house in Invergordon many a time Robert used to give me his old comics . Also remember you had quite a big walled back garden and the ducks hanging by the back door.
Added by Billy Macpherson on 29 August 2018
Ha, the ducks were likely courtesy of Richard, who used to shoot from a punt out on the firth.
I remember Robert had an air rifle, that got us in trouble one time, so long ago now...but clear in the memory.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 30 August 2018
hi Harry sorry I got a bit miked up with my e mails.Willie Mackay had a big funerall.You are righr not many of the old onesleft.Hope you are well
Added by Muriel macrae on 30 August 2018
Thanks Muriel, say hi to Richard and Madge and Robert.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 31 August 2018
Hi Liz and Billy Macpherson the family Munro lived in the easterly house in the Wrennery, there was a daughter Liz, boys, Tony, George 'Crow', Michael, and 'Boko', the mothers name was Bridget and I think the fathers name was George. The family had a nickname they were called the 'Boxers', don't know how they came by that name though.!
Added by Eddie Malicki on 01 September 2018
Hi Eddie you are spot on with naming the Munro family.My pal was Boko I expect he does not live in Invergordon no more.By the way did you use to live by the side of the British Legion.
Added by Billy Macpherson on 01 September 2018
Hi Billy, as far as I can remember the father George went off to London to find work and eventually, 'Boko', Michael and George followed him and possibly made their homes there, I have never seen or spoken to them since.
I did live in the house on the east side of the Legion, 142A High St. (originally called The Cosy Corner Café), my father spent a large part of his life doing it up. I had 2 sisters Elena and Teresa, perhaps you might remember them.

By the way regarding the nicknames 'Boko' and 'Crow', in one of the comics, 'The Topper' 1950's there were the character's 'Big Fat Boko and his crafty Crow', can only assume that this is where the names originated.
Added by Eddie Malicki on 02 September 2018
Hi Eddie thanks for the info on Boko Munro perhaps he still lives in the London area you never no. I remember you Eddie but not so sure about your sisters. Found an old photo taken at what was called the cars and in it was the Munro family now I can put names to faces also on photo the two brothers who lived in the prefab opposite the Legion there father had the Black Isle ferry and the Ross tout family.
Added by Billy Macpherson on 03 September 2018
Ted "The Ferry" Aburrow used to live opposite the legion with sons Robert ... and I think, Stephen?
Anonymous comment added on 06 September 2018
Did he not also live in one of the row of cottages in front of Heck Macrae's house.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 08 September 2018
Ted Aburrow's sons were Steven and George.
Added by John Fraser on 09 September 2018
his Mam lived there
Anonymous comment added on 09 September 2018
Whatever happened to Tony Munro? We lived 2 doors along from 'The Boxers' and I remember a few, shall we say, 'incidents' involving the local constabulary!
Added by Fraser Dryden on 20 September 2018
I remember the Mother, a skinny little woman dressed in black,
Tony as he was a year or two ahead of me in school. I think he went onto select further education. Liz I thought worked in the Royal Hotel? Crow was good at putting up rope swings. I think
the mother passed away and then the house was empty. how are you Fraser?
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 21 September 2018
I'm doing fine Liz, not getting any younger though! It's good to hear about these now distant events and the people who also remember them. I'm more or less retired now, how about you?
Added by Fraser Dryden on 21 September 2018
Hi Fraser
I asked recently about Tony Munro but nobody could come up with an answer. I think your observations are both accurate and diplomatic !!! I note that Liz has also picked up on the same theme.
Elizabeth Munro was in my class in Primary and coincidentally I have often thought that she may be the wee girl in the photo crossing King Street ..... the date and the age are just about right and from my memory there is a likeness .... just an observation though, not really sure.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 21 September 2018
I think the Munro family mentioned here are different from my family. They lived at 47 Clyde Street. It was Donald Munro. His son William is my grandad. I’m actually up in the area this weekend so might have a look at the street.
Added by Heather Blanchard on 21 September 2018
Hi Fraser, I am retired from RBS and work with my husband in our Pet Services Business. Still in Newtongrange with the odd trip to Invergordon where daughter lives. It's nice to get a blast from the past on this site & catch up with folk. How is John Clark these days?
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 21 September 2018
Hi Liz, I wound up my landscape design business three years ago but still like to 'dabble' with occasional projects - I would have been in Invergordon mixing business with visiting my Mam when you saw me in the bank years ago; Sheila, my other half is also retired from a teaching career. Two kids but so far no grandkids (just dogs). John C is fine, living in Ayr and we meet up in Glasgow with his wife (another Liz) for a natter every now and then - also Iain Allison (also retired from Glasgow Uni) who you may remember.

Added by Fraser Dryden on 23 September 2018
Hi Graham - you could well be right about the wee girl in the picture - could be Elizabeth Munro. And Eddie - thanks for the explanation regarding Boko and Crow, I had got this far in life never realising that was where the names came from!
Added by Fraser Dryden on 23 September 2018
The little girl in the picture is Muriel Macrae
Added by Muriel Macrae on 23 September 2018
That answers that once and for all Muriel .... cannot argue with an impeccable source !!!!!
The photo is dated 1955 , do you think that is right .
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 23 September 2018
Yes Grahm. I was born in1945.Was it your father that had the shop at the top of King. St.my sister Jean worked there.
Added by Muriel Macrae on 24 September 2018
That was the Alexandra Warehouse then Graham. I remember being in as a child and your Mum there.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 24 September 2018
Muriel ... my parents shop was on the corner of Bank Street and the High Street. At that time John Boyd and Rod MacGregor’s shops were at the top of King Street. As Liz says the shop was called the Alexandra Warehouse and the grocery was at the side with the entrance on Bank Street and there was a Drapery shop at the front with the entrance on the High Street. Rhinds moved up from their Clyde Street store when we left before they then moved across the road. We lived in the house above the shop at No 1 Bank Street.
I was quite young at the time and have only a faint memory of Jean working in one of the local shops,not sure if it was my parents shop. Would be interested to know for sure if it was.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 24 September 2018
Hi Muriel, I remember Jean working there. She would write the orders down by hand.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 24 September 2018
Hi Graham.yes I don't why I put King St.,as I used to come up from home on Hugh Miller .St every day, I do remember the drapery depatrment there was an elderly lady called Katie worked there.
Added by Muriel Macrae on 25 September 2018
Hi Muriel ... you are right about the old lady, it was Katie Munro. Katie was quite a character,she stayed in No 1 Park Lane across from the current Job Centre or Shivas Electrical Shop at that time. She had really thick glasses and liked a good blether , she later went on to work in Macs Cafe. I think she was a sister of Matta McLean who lived in the wee house on the junction of what I knew as Strachans Lane and Clyde Street.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 25 September 2018
Yes Grahm I remember them all.It is so nice to think they have not been forgotten.This is so good this site keeps our memories alive.Gosh they were at the age we are now..Invergordon was a Lovely place to be brought up in .
Added by Muriel Macrae on 25 September 2018
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