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The Invergordon Archive

Sergeant MacPhail and Ian at Scout Camp
The Invergordon Archive
Sergeant MacPhail and Ian at Scout Camp

Sergeant MacPhail was the Policeman during the '50s at least and lived at the house attached to the Police Station in the High Street. He was very highly respected by the community. The scout camp could have been the Hopetown one and I think it was in the 1950s.
Picture added on 18 May 2014 at 10:59
Good picture of Sgt Macphail. I wonder if it is the same cane he used to trip me up if he caught me playing in the High St. He would look down at me and point the cane in the direction of my house and say "Home".
Could use more like him today.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 19 May 2014
Who is Isobel Kilkenny and how did she come by that photo? Curious to know. I think the year was 1951. I knew a few Isobels so it could be a married name.
Added by Ian Macphail on 07 June 2014
Hi cousin Ian how is life treating you? Your Dad, my uncle by marriage was such a lovely man but even so when I used to see him I would be quite wary but very respectful which is more than can be said for the way the police force are looked upon now. I can still recall visiting your Dad's mother at the police house and I think she only spoke the gaelic and was bed bound.
Added by Janet Shoosmith (Macpherson) on 11 June 2014
I am positive this is a photo of Murdoch Macphail who became Commandant of Tulliallan Police College. I recognised him immediately! Our parents were good friends. What a lovely surprise!
Added by Katherine Peddie (Harrison) on 27 June 2014
Hello Katherine, a lovely surprise for me as well, I can not believe it after all those years, how did you become on this site? I have a photo of us all in the van we used to go out in, you are sitting in by the door next to my sister, I am stood outside. I also have a photo of our fathers in their kilts, your Dad was called Jim. I am now 74 and living in Stockton on Tees.
My mum died 5 years ago, she was 92, and you know my Dad died at Tulliallan aged 51. Do let me know more how we have all got on in life. Still can’t believe it, regards to you all. Ian.
Added by Ian Macphail on 09 July 2014
I am so happy you remembered us too! I was in the Invergordon Archives site looking for info about a house called Maywood in Saltburn Rd. where mum, Anna Lewis Mackenzie was born in 1918 (which I couldn't find) but 'Pictures' showed me you and your dad! I am so excited - I am sure I've photos too. I remember Christine - we got on well but I can't remember your younger brother's name. I know your mum was Edith Macpherson. Always remembered because the Headmaster at Tulliallan School was a Mr. Macpherson. These picnic times left us with good memories!! That van! We were packed in like sardines! Mum died suddenly in 1988 age 70. Dad passed in 1981 age 62. James, my brother and Anne older sister live in Australia. Fiona my younger sister lives in Edinburgh. Ian and I married in 1965 and have 2 sons , 1 daughter and 7 grandchildren! Keep us on our toes! I look forward very much to hearing from you again! Will go through my photos too!
Added by Katherine Peddie (Harrison) on 11 July 2014
Hi Ian brings back memories.
Added by Gordon Will on 22 July 2014
Hello Janet, sorry to take so long in replying, we have been on holiday and are now decorating the house. You are right about my Granny, she was bedbound and did speak the Gaelic. I think it has been about twenty four years since we last met, I am now 74, which I don’t believe! Heather is still working at the Pharmacy but only for 3 days a week. I am in touch with Danny Macdonald regularly and see him usually once a year as he lives near the wife’s sister in Kettering, he hasn’t changed a bit. We are hoping to see Gordon Will as he lives only 50 miles from Danny (Hello Gordon!). Are you on Facebook that is a good way of contact, addresses and phone numbers, I hope you are all keeping well, and will keep in touch more often. Bye Bye.
Added by Ian Macphail on 30 July 2014
I used to get confused between Sgt McPhail and the bobby in Oor Wullie who looked very like him. McPhail put up with no nonsense and if you had no lights on your bike he soon gave you a talking to.
Added by Bill Geddes on 21 August 2014
Hello Katherine, how are you getting on with your photos. I'm afraid I am not very good on the computer - I usually make a total mess! We are going to the Lake District this Saturday for a week, it's only about 70 miles from here, see what the weather does. Well, hope to hear from you soon, trust all are well. Bye.
Added by Ian Macphail on 25 August 2014
Hello Ian, Nice to hear from you I was up in your part of the country a couple of weeks ago on a coach holiday based in Guisborough not too far from Stockton on Tees. I am going on a Hebridean holiday next June and am hoping when in Stornoway to see the police house that you and your family lived in. I will ask older people if they recall your Dad Sergeant Macphail. I am on Facebook, are you?
Added by Janet Shoosmith (Macpherson) on 16 September 2014
Hello Katherine, haven't heard from you for a while; did you manage to get any photos sorted out? Hope you are all keeping well.
Added by Ian Macphail on 30 March 2015
Hi Ian! Very sorry I've not been in touch for a while. Unfortunately, I have not found the photos yet - we have so many photos but I can assure you, I will keep on looking!!!!! Hope all is well with you.
Added by Katherine Peddie on 09 May 2015
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