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The Invergordon Archive

Castle Lodge, Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
Castle Lodge, Invergordon

A postcard showing a delightful view of either South Lodge or West Lodge - perhaps you know which?
The date of the picture is a guess.
Picture added on 18 September 2004
This looks like the one on the castle road, across from where the old tennis courts used to be and where social club is now, I believe. This one was still occupied when I lived there in 1959, and the person living there worked in the fertilizer building that was on Clyde St, between King and Bank Streets. I do not remember his name, maybe someone else will.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 24 September 2004
The last family I recall staying in the West Lodge was the Scott family. I think Maurice Scott features in one of the Invergordon School photos on this website. The last occupants of the East Lodge I think was a family Pirie. Mr Pirie I think worked for PO Telephones (now BT). The lodge was demolished about the time of constructing the BA Smelter and road widening.
Added by Graeme Askew on 22 March 2005
I think Harry is right. This looks to be the West Lodge and from my days as a message boy in Invergordon 1970/73, it was occupied by Murdo MacKay and his mother. They were probably the last occupants to my knowledge. Murdo still stays in Invergordon.
Added by Graeme Askew on 22 March 2005
I think you'll find that this is the South Lodge. The West Lodge was and is close to the railway and there is no evidence of it in the photo.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 22 March 2005
Sorry to confuse the issue but, yes, Malcolm gave the lodge its correct name ie South Lodge located on Castle Road. Is the West Lodge not located beside the railway bridge at Rosskeen?
Added by Graeme Askew on 22 March 2005
Malcolm, I don't know if it's South or West, but is it the one on the Castle Rd? Where would the one be that was by the railway? - don't recall it.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 22 March 2005
According to the old maps dated about 1890, there were three Lodges - East, South and West, but no North. The East Lodge was on the east side of the straight running up to Tomich, very close to the end of the track/road running from the Polish War Memorial eastwards. The South Lodge, as you know, was on Castle Avenue and was sadly demolished when the South Lodge housing scheme was built in the 1970s. The West Lodge is still standing over at Rosskeen and is on the land occupied by Scottish Water where the water treatment works is located. It is just north of the railway line and east of the road which runs up from the seashore past Rosskeen old church. You may recall that when standing by the foreshore and you look north to the railway line you see three bridges. The one on the left is for the road running up past the old church to Achnagarron. The one on the right was for the 'west' entrance to the Castle estate and the lodge stands just on the other side of the entrance. The bridge in the middle takes the river from Achnagarron out to the Firth.
So this photo is most likely looking north at the South Lodge on Castle Avenue as the line of the fencing relates to the Castle grounds boundary.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 22 March 2005
Angus Mackay lived in South Lodge, Castle Road, Harry. He did work in the fertiliser building on Clyde Street. His son's name was Murdo.
Added by Catherine MacKenzie(nee Clark) on 23 March 2005
Of course, I remember it now (don't forget its been almost 50 years). I walked through there manies a time and I also remember the Scott family, especially Morris who was a special child whose wish was to see New York city and his wish was granted...it was a lovely walk along the stream and through the woods and came out on the Castle grounds. I did not know however, that this was known as the West lodge, but it makes sense now, thanks.
Added by Harry on 24 March 2005
Can you give me any time line as to when this or the other lodges were built? I have been tracking a relative who was a gardener at Rosskeen and have a suggestion he may have lived at one of the lodges. Is there a chance they would be from the late 1780s? I know this is a long way back in time but I keep trying to piece things together, one snipit at a time. Thanks.
Added by David Munro on 17 April 2009
I believe that the East Lodge on the Tomich road belonged to Inverbreakie Farm. My Aunt and Uncle - Cathie (nee Fraser) and Andy Rose lived there with their two sons Donnie and Alex for a number of years before moving a couple of hundred yards up the road to the row of farm cottages. They were followed into the Lodge by the Ross family and then, as Graham Askew has noted in his note above, the Piries.
There were four farm cottages and I remember they were occupied by the following families: The Lyall family; The Rose family; Sandy and Nellie Fraser (my grandfather, retired Grieve at Inverbreakie) and the Loshe family. With the smelter eventually being built, the Lodge and farm cottages were demolished for road widening and these families moved to Invergordon and Alness. The Lyalls had earlier moved to Invergordon on Alex Lyall’s retirement from Inverbreakie Farm and the Ross's had moved into their farm cottage. The Frasers and Ross's moved down to Invergordon and the Roses and the Loshes to Alness.
Added by John Fraser on 17 April 2009
Hi John, I remember Mr Pirie was the linesman with Post Office Telephones and he extended the house which makes you think Inverbreakie must have sold it off. I also remember the Gordons lived in the cottages too before moving to Queen Street.
Anonymous comment added on 18 April 2009
Yes, you are right, Johnny and Margaret Gordon did live there as well, but I can't remember which cottage they lived-in, or who they predeceased. It must have been one of the two middle cottages before either my Granda and Granny or my uncle and auntie (Roses) moved in.
Of course there must have been other families in these cottages over the years as I can remember 12-14 men working on Inverbreakie Farm in my younger days and they all used to meet in the stable in the morning where my Granda assigned the day’s work to them. Horses still featured strongly in those days. However, I can remember the first tractor - a little grey Ferguson - which Charlie Bain, the shepherd used to run around in.
Added by John Fraser on 19 April 2009
I think my ggg-grandmother, Henrietta MacKenzie (nee MacLeod) lived in the West Lodge. She died there on 11 January 1894. If anyone has further info about her living in the West Lodge, I'd love to hear from you.
Added by Grant Millar on 01 March 2015
My great, great grandfather Donald Harvey was the Head Gardener at Invergordon Castle. According to the 1861, 1871 and 1881 Scottish Census he lived in the Gardener’s Lodge. He was presented with a silver snuffbox in 1869 by R B Macleod Esq. His first wife was named Eliza, but she died of consumption in 1863; he remarried in 1870 to Mary Ann Mclennan.

I wonder if there are any photographs of the lodge, if it is still standing etc?
Added by Peter Harvey on 11 July 2016
My grandfather lived in East Lodge pre-1921 - David Thomson - wife Mary Anderson - emigrated to Tasmania in December 1921 with 7 kids.
Added by Prudence Thomson on 27 February 2017
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