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The Invergordon Archive

Church of Scotland
The Invergordon Archive
Church of Scotland

The Pulpit of the Church of Scotland Church, Invergordon
Picture added on 18 April 2004
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Was in the choir for this church in the mid-sixties ... attended sunday-school downstairs.
Added by Michael Coghill on 24 June 2004
Harry, you are thinking of my Grandad, ACK (Alexander) Maclennan, never known him to be called Sandy though. Do you remember my Dad? Cameron Maclennan, Postman
Added by Jackie Geddes nee Maclennan on 25 November 2004
Jackie, I remember Jim very well when he was the organist. Was there not a Sandy also - who worked in the slaughter house?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 25 November 2004
My great uncle, Jim Maclennan, was the organist for many years.
Added by Jackie Geddes nee Maclennan on 25 November 2004
My first marriage took place in the church in March 1974 just as it looks here. Refurbishment of the interior started a month later.
Added by Jackie Geddes nee Maclennan on 25 November 2004
Sorry Jackie, do not remember your Dad. I remember a Jimmy Mackay as postman...the Maclellan I remember was the "Killer" at the slaughterhouse and I thought Sandy was one of his sons, but could be wrong. It was a long time ago in the 50s.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 26 November 2004
Definitely on the right tracks, Harry. Grandad - Ack - was killer at the slaughterhouse, his son, my uncle Bill also worked there. National Service took both my Dad (RAF) and uncle Bill (Army) away from Invergordon in the early 50s. My Dad returned with his new family in 1957/58 when I was a toddler. We lived at the Western End of the High Street, no 15. Bill came back a few years earlier when his National Service in the Army was over. Dad was the oldest. Sadly he is no longer with us. Bill still lives in Invergordon, in Clyde Street.
Added by Jackie Geddes nee Maclennan on 28 November 2004
The MacLellans lived below us in Joss Street. Bill spent some of his Army time in the Korean war where I believe he had a very bad time. I can remember how much he had changed when he came home.
As for the Church - how many hours of utter boredom did I spend here? Sergeant MacPhail used to take the boy's Sunday School which I was compelled to go to. Did my atheism start here?
Added by Bill Geddes on 24 December 2004
Bill, I think you are getting mixed up with some other family. My family name is MACLENNAN not MACLELLAN and they lived at 6 Gordon Terrace in the 50s. Previous to that they lived in Clyde Street and Shore Road.
Added by Jackie Geddes nee MACLENNAN on 28 December 2004
Jackie you could well be right. My memory is not what it was. The only thing I could say with reasonable certainty is that when we lived in Joss Street there was a family below us in which there was a connection with the slaughterhouse and a son called Bill who was in the Korean war.
Added by Bill Geddes on 30 December 2004
Jim Maclennan was the organist and my Gran Cathie Maclennan's (Askew) cousin and my friends Margaret and Reay Ross and I had to go to his for piano lessons. He had the loveliest antiques and that was all I paid attention to as I don't have a musucal bone in my body!
Added by Liz Askew on 21 May 2008
Sorry Jackie, but Bill is not mixed up. The Maclennan family did stay in Joss street before moving to Gordon Terrace number 6. Ack was the head Killer in the old slaughter house and when Bill came out of the army he worked there as well. Your dad Cameron went with the Post office. I also remember Ack's black cocker spaniel who followed him everywhere. I remember the dog's name as well. However it would not be politically correct to "name that dog" these days.
Added by Duncan Murray on 24 May 2008
Well said Duncan! I think we all know what the dog was called! By the way, I did mean MacLennan and not MacLellan. Apologies for causing confusion.
Added by Bill Geddes on 25 May 2008
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