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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Academy Primary 7 1954
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Academy Primary 7 1954

In our day it was called the "Qualifying Class". Miss MacDonald was our teacher.
Back Row (Left to Right): Alex Sutherland, Gordon Gibson, Edward Trotter, Duncan MacLean, Fraser Legge, Norman Mackenzie, Peter Cooney.
Middle Row (L-R) David Black, Isabel Tait, Catherine Mackay, Catherine Clark, Georgette Douglas, Robin Ross, Mary Moir, Margaret MacDonald, Robin Kerr.
Front Row (L-R)Joan Dryden, Joyce Macleod, Noreen MacLeod, Nesta MacDonald, Agnes Cunningham, Freda Ross.
Picture added on 30 August 2004
My neice was up on holiday from Edinburgh and was saying that Agnes Cunningham was a teacher in Craigmount High school in Edinburgh but is retired now.
Added by Karen Turner on 18 October 2004
I happened to come across this photo - I have been trying to trace a Fraser Legge. I worked with him in London some 30 or more years ago at Venesta International. I come from Sydney Australia and often wonder what happened to him. I would be pleased if you could give me some information. I know he is very young in the photo but I think it still resembles him.
Added by Barbara Burke on 23 January 2005
Sorry I cant help - other than to say that Fraser was a big friend of mine when we were kids. The last time I saw him was circa 1971 when I met him on a plane trip to Inverness. At that time I think he was working as a barrister (advocate) and living in Eton Square in London.
I would guess he must still be in the legal profession somewhere in London.
Added by Bill geddes on 24 January 2005
Nice to see a photograph of my old class at school - haven't the years flown past. I can remember well Miss Macdonald, and of course many of my class. After early years at sea, I have spent most of my life in Television Broadcasting as a sound engineer and I am now retired in Aberdeen.
Added by Norman Mackenzie on 13 March 2005
Hello classmates, I don't know where I was the day this was taken, but I'm sure some of you will remember me as the one that got the belt from gogglie almost every day either for my handwriting or for talking in class AND I was a bit of a tomboy in those days!! Jane Fraser
Added by Jane nee Fraser on 13 March 2007
Hello Jane. Yes I remember you. My recollection of Gogglie was that we all got lined up every day for the belt. If not for what we had done wrong, then in case we were going to do something wrong, seemed that way to me. Think by the end of the year we all had pretty tough skin on our hands.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 16 March 2007
Hi Eddie, wasn't Gogglie a treat? Her only ambition it seemed was to make darn sure all her pupils qualified. Do you remember the clock she had on the north wall? She used to hammer my head against it..."If a train leaves London at 10.40am at 60mph, what time would it arrive in Edinburgh 220 miles away? Bang Bang whack whack...I remember one poor girl, I won't name her here, but she used to stutter and was getting over it, but, after Gogglie she was stuttering again.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 17 March 2007
Hello Harry - Ah, now I know why there were dents on the clock. I think the only respite anyone got was when Gogglie had her annual bout of jaundice and took a week off school.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 19 March 2007
Is Duncan MacLean a brother of Kenneth who lived on Shore Road?
Added by Gordon Will on 26 February 2010
Hello Gordon - correct, Duncan was Kenneth's younger brother. Lived just round the corner from you on Shore Road. There's a recent photograph of Duncan receiving some sort of trophy at the bowling club, in the Archive. All the best
Added by Eddie Trotter on 26 February 2010
Hi Gordon Will, it has been a long time. Don't suppose you remember me getting my nose bloodied in a schoolyard fight, you loaned me your hanky at the time, so thanks 50 odd years later.
I am sure you remember the nicknames of Kenneth and Duncan? Pussy and Token....I am waiting to hear from your brother Norman on here.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 26 February 2010
Hi Harry sorry to hear about your mam. Can you remember going rabbiting at Rosskeen with your dog? - those were the days. No word from Norman yet.
Added by Gordon Will on 26 February 2010
Ha, yes Gordon I remember those days, wonderful times. Thanks re my mam. Will watch for Norman.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 27 February 2010
Hi Nesta, I've just found this site. I think my brother Bill told me about it but I probably wasn't listening properly as usual. I remember you and your family well. I remember you gave me a huge multi-coloured hula hoop - I could hula for ever, no wonder my back is knackered.
Added by Jeanette Geddes (Bremner) on 06 July 2010
I am glad she is now paying attention! It is very noticeable that teachers never appeared in photographs at the Academy. This must have been policy for some reason and a bit of a shame as it really brings back memories when you see a face. Nowadays it would be most unusual not to have the teacher included as part of the group.
Added by Bill Geddes on 07 July 2010
Hi Nesta, great to know you are still about. Jeanette, it was not the hula hoop that knackered your back. See you Sis. Audrey.
Added by Audrey Geddes on 21 July 2010
Hi folks, what a treat to come across this photo more than fifty years after the event. It's a miracle. Best wishes to all still on the case.
Added by Peter Cooney on 14 December 2010
Catherine Mackay (Proudfoot) still lives in Invergordon.
Added by Nicola Mackay on 16 August 2011
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