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The Invergordon Archive

Messing About
The Invergordon Archive
Messing About

My sister Linda and me messing about on Geordie Dole's (not sure if surname is spelt right) punts in about 1964 when we were on holiday at our Gran's, Dolina Ross, Primrose Cottage at Saltburn.
Picture added on 25 September 2013 at 12:39
I think that brothers Geordie, Jockie, and Donald's surname was Davidson, and the name Dole was probably a family by-name.
Added by Gordie Peterson on 26 September 2013
Gordie, was it Dole or Dall. I seem to remember a Jockie Dall, pronounced Doll.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 27 September 2013
The Dole name maybe a by-name; I know he had a sister who used to visit him from Birmingham - I think her name was Maggie Rudd?
Added by Pat Hamill on 29 September 2013
"Geordie" was my grandparents' neighbour, I remember being taken out on his punt. I seem to vaguely recall it had "blunderbus" type guns fixed to the sides (duck shooting? - Poor ducks if so!). Geordie's cottage had no electricity. I recall him kindly bringing oil lamps over to my grandparents for us when there was a power cut in the village.
Added by Dave Fleming on 30 September 2013
I think it was indeed the "same" Geordie Patricia mentioned. Launching rollers for the punt were set into the beach and still visible fairly recently. I'm going to have a look asap, many happy memories thereabouts! I'm also now remembering a nearby cottage, now gone, where a elderly chap (Mr Dunnet?) stayed. He was poorly sighted however I will always relish the tea he made, with carnation milk added, the tea brewed in a sort of can and enjoyed listening to his (to me) fabulous old valve radio. Sorry, digressed well away from original pic, many thanks for posting it Patricia.
Added by Dave Fleming on 30 September 2013
The elderly chap, maybe the same chap that was a friend of my uncle (Colin Ross) and my sister says Colin looked after him and that he was blind. My granny did not have electricity in the '60s and had the oil lamps; she would not let myself and my sister have the lamps in the bedroom in case we set the house on fire. My granny's next door neighbour was a Mrs Deans; she had a lot of cats. There was a family called Cameron we used to play with when we came on holiday to grannys. A lady called Penny Ann Plop lived along the road (her surname could a byname).
Added by Pat Hamill on 01 October 2013
I think 1964 must have been about the end of the line for duck punts in the Cromarty Firth. I well remember Hec MacRae sailed regularly over to Udale Bay from Invergordon towing his punt with his motor launch in the still, cold, days of winter. Also making occasional sorties towards Alness Bay. I can't remember Jockie Doll having a powered vessel and suspect his range was limited to Nigg Bay. The punt gun was a fearsome weapon, but still an interesting part of the history of the area.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 13 October 2013
Ronald that brings back memories of Richard Macrae out in the punt across from the Donkey Bridge, he would fire over to us on the shore and you could hear the pellets land. Richard still lives in Inver-g.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 13 October 2013
Pat, I would have been 9 in 1964 and we lived in the Cottage Saltburn which was two houses up from your granny and Colin. Robert Watson lived in the house between us. My older brother is called Cameron so maybe that's who you remember. He still lives in Invergordon. I remember Mrs Deans and the hens. The other lady I remember as Peony Ann but only the name.
Added by David Gordon on 07 January 2014
I knew Colin Ross very well, I worked with him for 5 years at the Distillery and then in the dockyard; always remember our day at the Strath games and the many times we had a drink and went to bingo, a good friend. Also remember well Roberty Watson, he used to tell me the 32 points of the compass, a nice man.
Added by David Gow on 16 January 2014
The family name was Davidson. Jockie "Doll" lived with his wife Anne at what is now 55 or 56 Saltburn. In the mid '50s I used to sometimes take back messages from the shop for Mrs Davidson. The cottage was without electricity as was the case for many in Saltburn at that time. I remember doing my homework with light coming from a Tilly Lamp. Their cottage still had only earth flooring and was very dark inside. There may have been a cold water tap but certainly no inside toilet.
Anonymous comment added on 20 January 2014
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