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Admiralty Terrace, Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
Admiralty Terrace, Invergordon

Saltburn Road, looking west. The road off to the right is Admiralty Terrace. The date is a guess.
The ship berthed at the Admiralty Pier is the same as that shown in picture #432.
Picture added on 18 September 2004
Comments:
Admiralty Terrace are the houses along the Sea Front, the Cottage Brae is the hill leading up to the Admirality Cottages (The Cottages).
Added by anon on 15 January 2005
Admiralty Terrace has always been known as the Cottage Brae or the Distillery Brae. Never known it as Admiraltly Terrace. The cottages were also known as the Admiralty Cottages as they were built for the soldiers/sailors during the war. My family have lived there since the early seventies.
Added by Marina McCaughey nee Grant on 15 January 2005
You are correct Marina; it was always known as the Cottage Brae and led up to the Admiralty Cottages, or as they were known simply as the cottages...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 19 January 2005
My interpretation of the postcard would be that the seafront road, Saltburn Road, is what is being termed Admiralty Terrace. There is only just the wee bit in the lower right hand corner showing the "Cottage Brae" and nothing of the "cottages" in view in the actual picture. I always knew the cottages as "The Cottages" and the seafront houses were always termed as the "Admiralty Houses"
Added by Pat Swanson on 22 January 2005
It looked so much more attractive then - the new scaffolding fencing doesn't do the seafront any justice does it?
Added by Jane on 22 January 2005
Does anyone remember the shortcut from the Cottages to the High Street accessed from the Cottage Brae and exiting via the war memorial onto the High St, do not suppose it is there anymore?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 23 January 2005
Harry, the footpath is very much there, running from what is now called the Distillery Brae to Seabank Road. It is tarmacked and lit - and is very popular with the youngsters going to and from school.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 23 January 2005
The houses in the picture were known as the terraces and up the brae as the cottages, both prefixed by some with Admiralty.
Added by anon on 23 January 2005
My Grandfather (Alex Mackenzie, of High Street Butchers) and his brother built identical bungalows on Saltburn Road. One was called Bayview and the other was next door to the East. Prior to building their houses, they lived in temporary wooden houses to the rear.
Added by Norman Mackenzie on 13 March 2005
The house beside Bayview is called Ferdene and was lived in by Jimmy Grant the butcher when we were children in Saltburn Road. We used to play behind Saltburn Road on what was called the Old Golf course. Catriona Sutherland had her horses there and there was an old stable at the top of Seabank Road for them. There used to be a few loose spars that gave us access into the tank farm there.
Added by Liz Adam (Askew) on 15 April 2005
I believe that these houses were built for the officers associated with the Navy but when my father was QHM in the 1950s only three of them where still used as such. The one on the corner was occupied by the Revd McHardy of the Episcoplal Church. Then there was the Pilot's house Capt Garson, then I think the Chief Engineer, then the QHM house which had a high green fence round it. The next one had been sold off to MacGregor(?).
Added by James Elwin (son of Cmdr JA Elwin) on 30 September 2008
As a child I always understood Admiralty Terrace ran from Hamewith to the bottom of the cottage Brae, the only exception being the first house next to Hamewith which was Ross the dentist’s house (now Alistair Macgregors). After the Ross's death it was occupied by Mrs Ross’ elderly sister; the next was occupied by Pengelly who worked on the pilot boat before he moved up to the cottages; the next was Tom Taylor the pilot; the next I can't remember, then St. Ninians rectory occupied by Canon Mchardy for many years (the previous manse was my parents house Bella Vista until this one was bequeathed by its late owner to the church as a manse) and the last one by Miss Newcombe and her sister.
Added by Liz.Adam nee Askew on 07 October 2008
Yes Harry, I remember the shortcut very well as that was the way myself and brothers went to school every day. In the late '50s until '66/7 we lived in Inglis Road. Remember also pinching crab apples from Revd McHardy's garden.
Added by Olive Bianco (nee Macleod) on 14 May 2010
To my knowledge, Harry and Olive, the short cut is still there, although it joins the residential road after passing the back of Admiralty Terrace and comes down Seabank Road as before.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 17 May 2010
Harry O'Neill and Olive Bianco, yes the path is still there. I was born and brought up in Westwood, this shortcut was a very popular route to take into town, via Cannon McHardy's garden where I stole many an apple, he caught us all one night and I told him "god helps those who help themselvs", and he told me "God help you if I catch you" I was terrified to pass his house for weeks.
But yes as I say the pathway is still there, only now it goes through a residential area known as Seabank Road, we always knew it as the old Golf course. We could hide our cigarettes in the bushes at night and collect them on the way to school next day.
Added by Kate Bell on 13 December 2013
Looking at this picture I can remember that there used to be a concrete gunpost roughly where the light patch of ground is. This was built at the beginning of the war I suppose to cover the Cottage Brae leading up to the oil tanks.
Added by Doug Will on 17 December 2013
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