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The Invergordon Archive

High Street, Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
High Street, Invergordon

A very early view of the High Street. Not too sure about the deposits in the road - perhaps the horse and rider in the distance provides a clue!
Not too sure either about the precise location - is this looking east or looking west?
Date is probably around the turn of the century, but that's just a guess.
Picture added on 19 September 2004
I would say it is looking East up the High St. The building on the left with the sign board on it would be where Logan's Tobacco shop was located, you can see it in picture #454. Looks like the picture was taken in front of where the Fountain was located on the High St...think you have the date correct as no sign of the Royal Hotel here....
Added by Harry on 09 February 2007
I would agree with you on this one Harry, its definitely looking east and the shop which was McKenzie the butchers is also quite recognisable. Logan’s shop would have been about where you say, but possibly more to the left of the shop with the signboard??
Added by Duncan Murray on 10 February 2007
Yes Duncan, Logan's was a tiny wee shop scarcely enough room to turn around in. I used to go in there as a boy and ask for a pack of 5 woodbines and get them with no questions asked..also remember Mckenzie the butcher, didn't the Dalgarno boys Benny and Rossy move their shop there?
Added by Harry on 11 February 2007
Harry, I don't know where Rossy and Benny started off their business, but they were in the wee shop which was beside what would have been Leslie's. In my day, McKenzie the Butchers was run as a paper shop by Graeme Mitchell, brother of John Mitchell. Possibly the Dalgarno's were in that shop before Graeme. But they were certainly beside Leslie's during the late 60s and up until they closed. Then, I think, Fraser Moir, from Joss Street, opened up Fraser's Sports. I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong!!
Anonymous comment added on 11 February 2007
Harry/Duncan - A wee bit of strange co-incidence on Logan's shop. You are quite right in that Benny and Ross Dalgarno moved there, they bought the shop from my brother Ian who had set up a sweetie shop/grocers in the building. Ian married Jennifer Logan, daughter of the Logan's who originally owned the shop and, I presume, that is how he came to have the shop.
The useless but interesting bit is that on his retirement Ben Dalgarno moved to Inverurie - Ian and Jennifer have also moved to Inverurie so the the three families that owned that shop Logan/MacKenzie/Dalgarno which must span 50 years are all living in Inverurie.
It was later a Sports Shop but unfortunately has been lying empty for several years.
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 12 February 2007
Thanks for that info Graham, leads to the question then, where is Ross?..I remember them all being very polite friendly folk....Old Ben Dalgarno helped many a family that was in need during the war. He even drove my Gran to Inverness when she had to go into the hospital there (took me along for the ride, I felt like a millionaire)...
Added by Harry on 13 February 2007
Dalgarno’s Butchers shop was in King Street beside Roddie Graham’s chip shop for many years before it was moved up to the High Street location that has been mentioned. Fraser Sports were also there but, prior to that, was Fraser Sports not where the old Macs Cafe was, Farmfoods at the present day??
Added by Duncan Murray on 13 February 2007
Harry, you are right about old Ben Dalgarno being a really kind man. When the airmen were on night duty at their hut at the pier they always had a tin of corned beef for their meal and Ben would always exchange it for a bit of steak. Now, that's what I call a good rate of exchange for the airmen.
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 13 February 2007
Harry - Ross and his wife Christine are still in the town living in "BENCORDIL" - I think the house name is a combination of the family names of Benjamin and Cordelia. Ross is still very active and hasn't changed much in the last 30 years, still as cheery as ever and an absolute gentleman.
Duncan - I think you are right about Fraser Sports being across the road, I actually forgot all about that till you mentioned it and it wasn't all that long ago, probably just before Dalgarnos shut which would have been sometime late eighties maybe?
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 13 February 2007
I have fond memories of all these shops and people, between 1946 ...1951 Alister Mcgregor allowed me to play my accordian in his cafe, I wonder if anyone remembers?

Added by Nigel Borthwick on 05 August 2014
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