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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Academy
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Academy

The date is a guess. This class includes people who came into the secondary from Alness.
Picture added on 08 September 2004
Middle of the back row is Alisdair McKay, second from right back row Colin Watson, Ann Cooney is standing farthest right of the girls and I think that Sheree Smith is farthest left, Sandra Ross is fourth from the right standing, Wilma Mckay or Munro is seated in the middle. third from the right in the bottom row is my brother Frank Grant. I know most of these faces but can't put names to them.
Added by Ian Grant on 17 October 2004
Back row from left: John Wood, Tom(?), Eric ?Macdonald, Alisdair McKay, Murdo Maclennan, as above, John Mackay.
I'm the one in shorts in the front ? Richard Macleod to right.
Added by Brian McKenzie on 18 October 2004
Tom Fulton is the 2nd from left in back row. Did work for Scotrail a few years ago.
Added by George Mackay on 18 April 2005
Back row..John Wood, Tom Fulton, Eric Macdonald, Alasdair Mackay, Eric Maclennan, Colin Watson, John Mackay.
Then we have Glenda Stewart, Donalda ?, ? Olga Rosin, Irene Macfarlane, Jennifer Mclean (who's mother Matta was a teacher and her Aunt Katie worked in Knaxies knitwear shop on High st./Bank st.), Sandra Ross, Maureen Mackay, Florence Munro, Lucille Smith, Ann Cooney, ...Pamela Aitken, Margaret McRoberts, Wilma Mackay, ?. Ishbel Adam (did she marry Sophie McLennan?) Richard McRae, Brian ?, Frank Grant, David Munro, John Budge.
Added by Lucille Hudson on 15 July 2006
Lucille, I think you have Eric Maclennan wrong. This looks very like the late Murdo Maclennan who was a Police Sergeant in Invergordon and died in a very tragic boating accident last summer. I think his father was Bert Maclennan the coal man. I am pretty sure that is Murdo Maclennan and not Eric as you say.
Added by Anon on 16 July 2006
Richard Macleod...not McRae in front row.
Added by Lucille Hudson on 16 July 2006
Murdo is correct.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 17 July 2006
Hi Lucille. It's a long time since I heard Fraser being called Sophie, but yes he did marry Ishbel. I was at their wedding in Tain, many years ago. Last I heard they were out in Dubai, or some other exotic piece of Middle East real estate.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 17 July 2006
Yes, you are right Eddie..I got the line-up mixed up. I knew Murdo well as I grew up just along from Harbour House. Was that your auntie Margaret Taylor who passed away recently? I recall you lived down the bottom of the High St. across from Bissetts? I remember Etta Taylor too. Glad you remembered "Sophie". Hope you and yours are all well.
Added by Lucille Hudson on 18 July 2006
Hi Lucille, Etta (Jean) was my mother, and Margaret was my aunt. I lived in 32 High Street until 1967, on and off for the last few years as I had joined the Merchant Navy after leaving school. I knew Murdo well as he, Ron Stewart and myself used to spend a lot of time out on the water after school hours - didn't matter whether it was summer or winter. I have been happily married since 1969 and now live in Houston Texas. Our two sons are over here with us. Looks like you still live in or close to Invergordon.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 19 July 2006
Hi Eddie, think I remember you as being a regular at the outdoor swimming pool which has so many happy memories for all original Invergordonians. Great times!. Yes, I still live close to Inverg. and mam is still going wonderfully strong in her 96th year...what stories she can tell...like when Inverg. had 4 cinemas!!!! Sadly, we have none now!! Myself and Clayton just celebrated our Ruby anniversary, have 3 children, 7 grand-children and expecting our 3rd great-grandchild in a few months time. Our oldest son (Clayton Jnr.) is site manager for UMAX based in Alabama and has also been based in Houston, Texas. He loves the life out there and we hope to "bring in the bells" with him in Alabama this hogmanay. (If my dear boss will let me have time off in January!! ) Regards to the family.
Added by Lucille Hudson on 22 July 2006
Lucille - you probably don't remember me but I remember you! I think you knew my sister Shirley Booth better? I remember you working in the YMCA - am I right? We sometimes went for a meal there and you worked there as a waitress? You were so pretty - (I remember you had lovely hair), so 'in fashion' for the time. I always associated Chuck Berry's song 'Lucille' with you and was envious that you could relate to that song, whereas I only had 'the Heather Bells are Blooming and the like"!!! It's just brilliant to hear that you and Clayton (I remember him as being Wallace's 'younger brother') have celebrated your Ruby Anniversary - many congratulations! Well done!
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 18 January 2007
Hi Heather pet, sorry I haven't been in touch....hope you and yours are well. I've been diagnosed with advanced cancer, so am taking it easy. Thinking of you and, yes, I do remember you...Beautiful eyes..Take care xxxx
Added by Lucille Hudson on 14 May 2007
Lucille - your comment brought a lump to my throat, I have to say. From all of your comments on the Invergordon Image Library, I see you have been so blessed throughout your life. I am so happy for you you that this has been the case. God bless. Thinking of you also. Please keep in touch?
Added by Heather Anderson on 16 May 2007
Lucille, I don't think you will remember me but I remember you. My brother Frank is in this photo. I have been in Australia since 1968 when I came here to play football. I wanted to wish you all the best and I pray you will overcome this setback. Keep on keeping on Lucille, you are in my thoughts.
Added by Ian Grant on 18 May 2007
Lucille - I have been thinking about you. How are you?
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 03 December 2007
Pamela Aitken left Invergordon Academy and joined my class at Bathgate Academy when her parents got jobs at the then B.M.C. factory in Bathgate. We became friends. I believe she is back in the Invergodon area now. She married George Anderson. I would dearly love to hear how she is. Norma Brogan, Livingston
Added by Norma Brogan on 01 May 2008
2nd row from the back and 3rd from the left is Donalda MacLeod; 3rd row and 2nd from the left is my sister Myra Matheson and in front of her Simon Allison (both from Ardross).
Added by Anne Campbell (nee Matheson) on 05 October 2008
Hi Heather, sorry I took so long replying and thanks for your good wishes. I recently saw my surgeon, who doesn't want to see me for 6 months....so I'm delighted and feeling so much better and stronger. Hope you are all keeping well and life is good to you. Do you see Shirley at all? Her "beehive" was the envy of everyone in the early ‘60s.
Anne, thanks for filling in the blanks, I remember them all now.
Ian, yes I do remember you. Hope I'm not stepping on your toes but I think you were better known as Sparrow...I could well be wrong.
Norma, Pam is indeed back in Invergordon and living in Saltburn Rd. on her own. She has become quite famous for her water paintings of flowers and has held lots of exhibitions. When I see her next, I will pass on your message.
Added by Lucille Hudson on 07 October 2008
Hi Lucille, yes that is or was me. Great to hear you are feeling better. Just got back last month from Invergordon. Nice to see it all again. Keep on improving Lucille.
Added by Ian Grant on 08 October 2008
Thanks for your good wishes Ian. You say you have been in Invergordon recently...were you in the Marine Hotel one night with Inrid, Frank and their families? I'd hate to think we missed you..We had our family out that night too. You must have seen a lot of changes in "the old home town"..not for the better I think. It's a shame 'cos it used to be such a bustling little town. My sister Terry is very friendly with your auntie??Chris..(Christine Mackay) who wasn't well lately...I hear she's coming along fine. Hope you and your family are all well Ian.
Added by Lucille Hudson on 09 October 2008
Hi Lucille, it's so good to hear that you are feeling better. I often think of you. Stay strong and positive as you obviously are. Please pass on my regards to your sister Terry. She and I were in the same class at school.
Added by Rosalie (Graham) Samaroo on 11 October 2008
Hi Lucille, yes I echo Rosalie's thoughts: happy you are doing well.
Say hi to Terry for me too and Patty...
Added by Harry O'neill on 13 October 2008
Thanks to all who let Pamela Anderson know I was looking for her. We have met up again after nearly forty years. Lucille, I now have a personal painting done for me. She is good isn't she.
Added by Norma Brogan on 18 October 2008
Lucille - it is good to hear you are feeling better. I logged on to the site today to leave a message for anyone who remembers my beautiful sister, Shirley Maureen Booth. Maureen died this week, Monday April 27th 2009, aged 62. She has left behind two beautiful children, Peter and Pavlina Skala and a lovely little granddaughter, Lily.
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 01 May 2009
I have just been reading all these messages, having been directed to the school photograph by Colin Watson who I met at Brenda and Willie Mackay's. It is now 2012 and I hope that all the correspondents are well. I am not in the photograph as my dear dad had died the day before it was taken. I have recently met up with Pamela, we were great friends in school and always in trouble! Ishbel Adam and me were also great friends. I remember all the faces but not all the names, I send everyone who remembers me my best regards.
Added by Judith Drever on 12 August 2012
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