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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
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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
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