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The Invergordon Archive

United Free Church, Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
United Free Church, Invergordon

A tinted postcard of the church. This is an early view from the grounds of the school, looking north-east. It is very difficult to date but what is interesting is the crest on the card which has the motto 'LOISGIN AGUS SOILLEIRIGNUM'. Any clues?
Picture added on 19 September 2004
Comments:
Regarding the crest...am sure that the figure inside the shield is portrayed on the front of the old town hall ...it doesn't show the top part nor the inscription...but the remainder looks very familiar..
Added by Duncan Murray on 06 March 2006
Duncan I think you are right......
Admin: re the motto, which I am assuming to be in Gaelic as no words match in Latin....
Loisgin or loisg, means to burn, consume or set flame to
Agus (easier one) means AND
Soilleirgnum (closest I could find is Soilleirg) also means Bright or Clear or Visible...
So, would it be Burn bright and Clear....

This leads me to wonder if Invergordon ever had a crest or coat of arms and would this have been it?
I pass this on to anyone else who may have a better translation...another interesting feature of Invergordon.....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 03 February 2007
This picture has been taken many years ago..if one looks to the front of the church and to beyond that you can see a line of trees in the far distance. Once the tanks were constructed this view changed so it must pre-date the construction of the tank farm.
Added by Duncan Murray on 04 February 2007
I just received the following translation from the Clan Macrae Society here in Canada...
I will/would burn and I will/would make clear....so I wasn't too far off base.

Apparently The Cadboll's of Cromarty and of Invergordon Castle have the same motto on their crest, all very interesting.....

Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 February 2007
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