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The Invergordon Archive

MacLeods of Cadboll
The Invergordon Archive
MacLeods of Cadboll

Mrs Olivia MacLeod of Cadboll with her two children while in India.
The date of this picture is unknown.
Picture added on 18 April 2004
Which Olivia Macleod is this? The reference to India suggests Norman Cranston Macleod, 1866-1945, son of Robert Macleod, V of Cadboll. Norman joined the Indian Civil Service and became Chief Justice of Bombay. But his wife was Annie. He had a sister Olivia but she became Mrs. Monement.
Added by Rosemary Yallop on 18 October 2007
No direct comments on this picture, BUT my late wife was the granddaughter of Olivia Macleod of Cadboll (b.1872). She married F.W.Monement of Cley next the Sea, Norfolk (my village now) in 1903. Roderick Willoughby Macleod 6th of Cadboll married Alice Olivia Darrell. Robert Bruce Darrell Macleod was born in 1897 and Torquil Harry Lionel Macleod was born in 1899. The two boys in the photograph would fit for age.
I have in my possession (that has come through the family from Olivia Macleod) a large quantity of Macleod of Cadboll material: drawings, photographs, documents etc. I may well be coming up to Inverness in the middle of February and would happily bring my material for someone to look at and to photograph.
Added by Richard Jefferson on 07 January 2008
To Mr Jefferson: I am thrilled to hear that you have some Macleod of Cadboll material which is otherwise hard to track down. I am researching the life of Margaret Macleod (1814-1904), daughter of Roderick, 4th of Cadboll, for a biography. I am London-based so could travel to Norfolk (I have an uncle and aunt in Blakeney)which would be easier for me than going to Inverness! Is there some way we could communicate directly? I don't think I can e-mail you directly from this page but this system has my e-mail address. Rosemary Yallop
Added by Rosemary Yallop on 08 January 2008
To Rosemary Yallop: my email address is richard@greenfarmhouse.org.uk. I should be delighted for you to come up to Blakeney, and then cross the River Glaven to me in Cley. I know nothing about the Cadboll Macleod clan post 1900.
I am hoping that someone in Invergordon will pick up my comment. I have twice emailed the museum, without getting a reply.
Added by Richard Jefferson on 09 January 2008
How I dived into this site is a technological puzzle as I had aimed at MacLeod, Clergyman of Ardgay, Easter Ross. He died more than 50 years ago. For some reason I was booted over to Invergordon. Then I read about the Cadboll family.
In the very early '70s I knew Margaret, daughter of Norman Cranston, who lived at Islington and she called occasionally to see me at Covent Garden. The connection had been knowing her cousins Betty and Mary who with their brother Roderick lived most of their lives in England - the twins in Cambridge and Roderick at Uckfield. If my memory is accurate the Margaret of the previous generation was regarded as "trouble", she had joined some Roman Catholic set-up (that went down like a lead balloon), packed herself off to a convent then walked out to marry, signed and unsigned the terms of a trust legacy ..... and from what I could assemble of the moving ideological jig-saw in bits of conversation she seemed an eccentric auto-pilot who had only a fringe relationship with other members of her family. In any event this note about things I had long forgotten does not call for a reply and I am very glad that the MacLeods of Cadboll are still remembered in Ross-shire... they are in background a branch of the Lewis MacLeods and not from the cadet lines of Dunvegan.
Added by Norman Macleod on 10 October 2009
My great-grandfather, WET Bolitho, married Ethel Grace Macleod of Cadboll in 1888. Their son, William Torquil Macleod, 15/19th Hussars, was killed during WW1, and a plaque to his memory was erected by his grieving mother on a newly-built stable bungalow at Trevelloe, Paul, near Penzance, which an uncle now lives in.

My cousin told me that when he was in the Grenadier Guards during WW2, senior naval officers would ask him if he was related to Bolithos at Invergordon Castle during WW1, when huge parties were held for the officers of Beatty's Grand Fleet. Even after twenty years, these officers remembered them - so they must have been fun! My uncle described it as "Cornish tin paid for the Navy's gin!"

As a young man in business in around 1984, I travelled to Ardross Castle to see if it was possible to buy it, as I felt a very strong pull towards Scotland, having both Macleod and Maclean blood in me, and Maclean cousins are nearby. My cousin could remember dancing in the Great Hall at Ardross before WW2, and I think Invergordon Castle was demolished in 1937.

I am not in touch with any Macleod relatives, so if any chance by, an email is welcome.
Added by Tim Wilmot on 11 July 2010
Richard Jefferson and/or Rosemary Yallop, can you please get in touch with me? I am interested in your info about the MacLeods of Cadboll.
Added by Rona Thomson on 25 July 2015
I wish to confirm Rosemary Yallop's October 18, 2007 entry - yes almost 10 years ago - that the photo is of Anna Macleod with her two (of 4) children, Torquil and Margaret. Anna was married to Sir Norman Cranstoun Macleod and the photo was taken in India. I have a copy of the exact same photo because Leopold, (aka "Leo" or "Mac") their oldest son and born prior to their marriage was my grandfather. Anna also had an older daughter, Dorothea Morris, born in a prior marriage.
Added by Gwen Cain, Santa Barbara, CA on 20 August 2017
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