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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Butcher's shop
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Butcher's shop

Butcher's shop on corner of King Street and Clyde Street. This is now the Chinese Takeaway. In the doorway are James Grant, Butcher and Emily Hill (Clerk).
Picture added on 16 April 2004
Comments:
Emily was Brown Owl of the Brownies.

Added by Lilian Boon nee Andrews on 15 August 2004
Is this the same Emily Hill as in picture #241?
Added by Brian McKenzie on 22 September 2004
Yes, this is my mother, also shown in picture #241.
But who is Brian Mackenzie?
Added by Freda Ross on 28 September 2004
He's a nosey person who lived next door to a Mrs Ross (Rossal, Seabank Road) who had a daughter Freda and wonders if this is her?
Added by Brian McKenzie on 29 September 2004
Yes, this is she. I did wonder if Brian Mackenzie was the son of the father who worked in the SAI and the mother who came from the Isle of Wight. The family moved into Kildonan after the death of Mr. Craigan, perhaps round about 1955?!
Added by Freda Ross on 29 September 2004
That's the one. I think we moved there a little later maybe 56-57. Your mother used our garage for a while as my dad had use of a nissen hut at the back. I may even have washed the car.
Added by Brian McKenzie on 29 September 2004
I was sent to Grants on many occasions and was always staggered at his ability to judge weights to be just a bit over what you asked for - he would always say "that's just a wee bit over, is that alright?"
Added by Bill Geddes on 24 December 2004
Hi Brian, you probably won't remember me but I went to school with Martin. My mum Edna was very friendly with your mum Brenda and we used your Nissen hut to garage our car until dad built his own garage beside Tigh Beag - Bill Clark's house. I rememember playing at Kildonan, also your sister Judy who was friendly with Elena Maliki. Both were attendants to the gala queen. Judy did a hairdressing course once and I think mum and I got used as models. Best wishes to your family as we lost touch over the years. My mum now lives near Basingstoke and we visited her last week.
Added by Liz Askew on 29 March 2008
James Grant was my father. He was born in Aberdeen in 1897. He served as a wireless operator in the navy during the First World War. He came to a job in Invergordon after the war, met my mother, and stayed the rest of his life there. He died in 1983.
Added by Irene Bell (nee Grant) on 13 August 2008
Hi Irene, it's good to see your name here. I remember your parents and your sister well. I used to deliver messages for your father on a Saturday morning. I lived with my sisters and my Granny, Mrs Mackenzie, just diagonally across the road from the shop, in Clyde Street.
Added by Rosalie (Graham) Samaroo on 15 August 2008
Hullo Rosalie, of course I remember you and the whole family. I see Jeanette occasionally in Alness, where I live now. Best wishes, Irene.
Added by Irene Bell (nee Grant) on 17 August 2008
Reiterating Rosalie's comment, good to see your name and sorry to hear of your loss. Apart from the dark hair, your dad is exactly as I remember him. Regards to family.
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 17 August 2008
Hello, Liz, nice to hear from you. I hope that all is well with you now. My husband Robert died last October. My family is very supportive - they are all well. Thank you and Rosalie for getting in touch. Regards and good wishes, Irene.
Added by Irene Bell (nee Grant) on 21 August 2008
Does anybody know anything of the Ross family from number 19 Clyde Street from 1900 to 1953?
Added by Robert A Ross on 19 October 2010
Would need to know a bit more there Robert, Ross is very common. First name? or occupation?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 20 October 2010
Hello Irene, sorry to hear of your loss. My husband died in 1994 so I know how hard it is for you. It does get easier. Like you, I have a very supportive family so in many ways I am blessed.
Added by Rosalie (Graham) Samaroo on 20 October 2010
My grandparents Alexander and Willimina lived there with my father James and his brothers and sisters surname Ross.
Added by Robert A Ross on 20 October 2010
To add more info to the above, Robert is my father. My great grandparents were Alexander Ross born 1865 in Tain, and Williamina Ross (nee Mackenzie). Alexander and Williamina were married in 1898 in Rosskeen. Alexander died in 1935 and Williamina in 1953. One of their sons James Ross (my grandfather) moved to England just before 1940. But Alexander and Williamina lived at 19 Clyde Street from 1900 to 1953, with their other children. Alexander was a labourer and a maltman. Williamina’s parents are in picture #1211.
Does anyone remember them?
Added by Alan R Ross on 21 October 2010
James Grant, the butcher, was my uncle. Irene Bell is my cousin. Her mother, Kate was my father's sister. (Robert (Bob) Mackenzie).
Living in London as a child, I spent many of my summer holidays at their house in Invergordon.
James and Kate came to our wedding in London in 1962. Whilst in London James visited many butcher's shops complaining about their high prices.
Added by Ann Pow nee Mackenzie on 25 July 2013
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