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The Cottages, Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
The Cottages, Invergordon

A view of the cottages, looking east from the Distillery. A rather new looking hospital can be seen in the background.
Can anyone provide a date for this picture?
Picture added on 18 September 2004
I will open the debate by estimating 1962.
The camera height would suggest photo taken from a distillery building, also the concrete post boundary fence replaced the wooden fence and barbed wire around the old military camp previously on the site. Regarding the "new looking hospital", newly whitewashed I would think.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 25 January 2006
Ronald, there is no sign of any vehicles and I cannot spot any TV masts. By 1962 most people had a telly and I seem to remember at that time you needed an "H" aerial on your roof to get pictures. There is also no sign of mature trees dotted around the cottages. More likely '20s or 30s? Nigg Bay in the distance was dotted with hundreds of telephone poles (to deter the landing of German planes!) from WW2 until they rotted away in the 50s & 60s. The picture is a bit blurred but I can see no sign of poles...
Added by Bill Geddes on 26 January 2006
It looks to me that there are electric street lights in front of two of the houses which are facing the distillery. Also, just within the distillery fence is a telephone line pole. I was born in the 60s but would assume that electric street lights and telelphone poles would have been later than the 20s? Also when I was younger we had rubbish TV reception, which my father blamed on the wee aerial that sat on top of the TV! And not everyone had TVs anyway in the 50s and 60s.
Added by anon on 27 January 2006
I think Ronald is nearest in date but I think it’s been taken when the distillery is still under construction as the fence does not look complete and it was green rubber coated chain link that was used. The shed in the foreground was, I think, the shed where Albert King, Jock the ton and the old boys met and was later demolished.
Added by Liz Askew on 21 May 2008
The shed in the foreground was, I think, something to do with the electricity supply. The building used by the pensioners was to the right of this pic., aligned more with Grosvenor Road; also, it had a flat roof and a chimney. I remember the flat roof because I saw other boys climb on to it, place a big grassy divot on the chimney then run away to observe from a distance the annoyance of the older gentlemen as they became smoked out of the building. Not the sort of thing young people would do nowadays, thank goodness.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 22 May 2008
Hi Liz, maybe you can clear something up. There was a Jock the Tin mentioned in a previous picture. I always remembered Jock the Ton. Were there the two of them do you know? - and what did Jock the Ton do for a living? Thanks.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 22 May 2008
Hi Harry. Jock used to live next door to us in Saltburn Road where Graham Mackenzie lives now. Either he or his wife used to work at Invergordon Castle - that’s how he had the stone from the Castle in his front garden. He is the only one of that name I knew.
Added by Liz Adam (Askew) on 23 May 2008
Hi Harry. There is discussion on the Ton or the Tin on one of the other pictures - consensus seems to be that they were one and the same and it was "The Tin". As Liz mentions he was, I believe, a general handyman at the Castle. His surname was Munro and I think it was he who built the house in Saltburn Road where I now live. The stone from the castle that was in the garden when I bought the house is now on display in the Invergordon Museum - better a bit of the local history on display than lying unseen in a garden.
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 26 May 2008
Hi Graham, yes that would be good to have the stone from castle on display at the Museum. Hope Lucille is doing ok, regards.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 27 May 2008
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