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Invergordon Town Councillors
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Town Councillors

Here is a photo of the Town Council sometime between 1945-54.

Back row: Mrs Brownhill, Mrs Reid, Barbara Clark, Mrs George, Mrs AW Ross, Provost AW Ross (owned a clothing shop), Mrs Boyd (a lovely singer), Mrs Mackay, Jet Andrews (Secretary & Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages), Mrs Woodburn.
Front row: Mr H.J.S.Macfarlane (Chartered Accountant and Town Clerk), Mr Brownhill, Mr John Reid, Mr W.K.Clark (Shoe Shop), Mr WH George (Barber), Mr J. Boyd (Grocer), Mr Jocky Mackay, Miss Colina Maclaren (Maclaren's Hotel), Mr John Woodburn (Burgh Surveyor).
Picture added on 28 August 2004
Could this really have been the Council? Women out-number the men, if true, this must have been fairly unique for those pre equality days. Looks more like a meeting of local business men and their wives?
Added by Bill Geddes on 16 January 2008
Where was Maclaren's Hotel, attributed here to Miss Colina Maclaren?
Added by Kmmc55 on 17 January 2008
Council are seated Bill, others are staff and relatives.
I remember most of them, Miss Mclaren clearly shows her personality. She was a lovely woman, kind, used to leave me a tip when I delivered the morning rolls to her hotel at 5am....Mrs Boyd was also a lovely lady. She would always make us sing or do something at halloween when we came calling...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 17 January 2008
Kmmc55, Maclaren's Hotel was located on the High St, just down from Bissets Hotel. It is still there but under another name..
Added by Harry O'Neill on 18 January 2008
Maclaren's hotel is now the Marine Hotel.
Anonymous comment added on 19 January 2008
You learn something new every day. Does anyone know why, and when, the Marine changed name from Maclaren's Hotel? (I would guess late 50s/early 60s??)
Added by Kmmc55 on 28 January 2008
The Marine was known as the Salson for a short time before becoming the Marine. I am not sure if Maclarens was a temperance hotel. When the Salson opened they had a small lounge bar with a door onto the street and before that I think they only had a table licence.
Added by Liz Askew on 15 July 2008
My dad was H.J.S. Macfarlane (town clerk) and we lived at 'Woodend', overlooking the shore until I was about 4 years old (1956-57).
Anonymous comment added on 28 February 2011
Maclarens was a temperance hotel; it then became the Salson, owned by the Thomsons. Mr. Thomson was manger of Lows in Dingwall and his wife and son ran the hotel - her name was Sally so Salson Hotel. At first it only had a table licence - you had to have a meal to get a drink.
Anonymous comment added on 01 March 2011
The Salson was the first privately owned premises in Invergordon to get a licence to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises. Up until then, all licenced premises in the area were government owned, coming under the State Managemement Scheme.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 07 March 2011
Can anyone recall Mr & Mrs Brownhill, place of residence, employment? I have recollections of all the other people in the picture, but no memory of the name Brownhill.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 07 March 2011
Did the Brownhills not stay down Shore Road beside "Bernards" - perhaps I'm mixed up a bit but was it not in the house between Bernards and Rhinds 'old' shop or was that the Geddes Family?
Added by Duncan Murray on 09 March 2011
The Brownhills lived at 39 Clyde Street in the house they shared with us during and just after the war. We were evacuated from Easter Ross to Inverg in 1944.
Added by Willie Mackay on 15 March 2011
Hi Willie, would you or anyone else out there remember a chinese family, had a shop in Clyde Street in the cottage that became the boy's club. He was a toymaker I think. Going back here to late '40s.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 16 March 2011
Hi Harry, funny you shoud remember that, I had almost forgotten about it. The chinese man was Mr Bill Brownhill - he had moulds for making lead soldiers etc. - be worth a small fortune today.
Added by Willie Mackay on 20 March 2011
The Brownhill family were so well known in the town by everybody. I remember when they lived in Clyde Street as Willie mentioned. Good to see this Harry and Willie.
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 26 March 2011
As a boy on summer caravanning holidays in Scotland we would visit Tina and Colina Maclaren in Invergordon. My parents stayed in their hotel at the end of the war (my father was on the Sunderland flying boats out of Alness). I remember a picnic with them in 1959 to Assynt to celebrate my father's birthday. I know Colina died first, then Tina in the early '70s I think. The outstanding memory for a small boy is of the stuffed golden eagle in their hall. I believe a relation (father?) had been a keeper near Loch Eil, and I think the sisters had nursed the (later) Cameron of Lochiel when he was small. Any further info. would be welcome.

Regards, Pete Cowey
Added by Pete Cowey on 31 October 2011
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