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The Invergordon Archive

Primary 3 year 1948
The Invergordon Archive
Primary 3 year 1948

This is probably Primary 3 year in 1948.
Back row..? ? ? ? Rossy Mitchell, Munro Hill, Kerr Inkson, Harry O’Neill
Middle row. ? Jimmy Morrison, Charlie Collins, John (scotty) Campbell, Charlie Mellon, John (sconner) Ross, Donalec Mackay, Norman Will, Allan Brown.
Front row, John Swanson, Zilla Mackenzie, Joyce Parry, Sandra Grant, Eileen Macintosh, Bunty Maclaren, Jeannie Maughlin, ? Eileen Ross Duncan Murray.
Taken outside of the old primary school. Maybe someone can fill in the missing names.
Picture added on 17 February 2013 at 11:02
Comments:
Looks like a Brownhill on the left of the back row Harry? Not sure if that is Munro 3rd from right in the back? Munro would have been in your class however. When I first went to school at 4 & a half I was at in the same class as Munro. Miss Bell was the teacher & on my very 1st day she belted me for banging my feet against the desk legs. I was sitting at the back next to Munro where the desks were bigger (& too high for my feet to touch the ground). Nice introduction to school life! But later in this class I was to witness Miss Bell smacking one of the girls on her bare bottom for wetting herself! Almost Victorian..which Miss Bell probably was.
Added by Bill Geddes on 06 March 2013
Hi Billy, Miss Bell was past retirement age when you and I started school. She also used the cane.
Miss Crystal was a bit better but then came Miss Macintosh..Hello.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 06 March 2013
Hey Harry ....Miss McIntosh, that just sent a shiver down my spine, a formidable woman indeed with a voice that terrified the living and would have wakened the dead.
Billy....I suspect your sister Jeanette has a tale to tell about her, I seem to recall a tale of a "flying belt" and I think it was Jeanette that nearly kopped it !
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 07 March 2013
Thinking about it now, I realise that virtually all my teachers at Invergordon were "characters" in one way or another. I don't have a good memory but I can remember all of them! Maybe someone should write a play based on them, casting it would be difficult. Maybe Daniel Day Lewis as "Lofty", Robbie Coltrane as "Tubby" & Tony Robinson (Baldrick) as Mr Cooney?
Added by Bill Geddes on 08 March 2013
Tough one Billy, it would have to be a combination of comedy and horror. I think the latter would prevail.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 08 March 2013
Hi Graham Yes shiver goes down the spine alright I remember getting into serious trouble for my knitting or lack of it Ms. Macintosh notice how neat it was and suggested that my mother had actually helped with my homework knitting which I denied I wouldn't shut up so she threw a pen at me ink and all and it stuck in my forhead I felt something trickle down my face which was blood I still have a tiny scar to this day I think I must have been a bit of a pain to teachers I think I got the belt from most of them barr Mrs. Wilson thanks to her my spelling is pretty good that last time I received the belt was from Jackie Hall for standing on the science tables belting out Lulu's shout he didn't catch me as I kept running off nightmare pupil or I just didn't fit into to the correct pigeon Hole, having said that I got a glowing reference from Mr.Milton (Lovely Man) and because of him I was the first local person to be employed at Taylor Woodrow on the building of the Smelter so there we go must have had something going for me. Nice to hear from you Graham....
Added by Jeanette Bremner (Geddes) on 25 April 2013
Knitting was done by both girls and boys. Miss Macintosh took great delight in jabbing me in the rear-end with knitting needles while bellowing for all to hear "you can do it boy, you can do it".
Added by Harry O'Neill on 26 April 2013
Ha!Ha! Glad I wasn't the only one.
Added by Jeanette Bremner (Geddes) on 27 April 2013
This archive is great, I actually found my cousin Munro Hill. I know there were many members of the Hill family living and working in the Invergordon area. My grandfather and great uncles were born there. I would be interested in any more information or pictures you have with possible Hill family connections.
Added by Robert Hill on 21 May 2013
Hi Robert. I remember Bob Hill very well. He lived a wee bit down the road from us in Clyde Street and was a really good piper. When my little sister was killed in a horse riding accident down in Kent her friends arranged for a piper from the London Scottish to play at her funeral. Yes it was Bob. What a coincidence and what a shock for him as he knew my mother well when they were both young.
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 18 July 2013
Bob Hill was my great uncle and my grandfathers brother Roland Hill, both pipe majors. The piping tradition is still alive in us all, 7 pipers, 2 drummers and two highland dancers. I will pass your regards onto Alistair Hill my uncle cousin of Munro Hill and brother of Robert (Rockie) Hill.
Added by Robert Hill on 19 July 2013
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