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The Invergordon Archive

Iain William Thomson Duff McHardy
The Invergordon Archive
Iain William Thomson Duff McHardy

He was Priest of St Ninian's Episcopalian Church, Invergordon, from 1952 to 1974.
Perhaps you may know when this picture was taken as the date is a guess.
Picture added on 28 October 2004
A lovely man, he was a keen radio ham and bee-keeper; he drove a green Ford Anglia. When my parents bought Bella Vista on Saltburn Road it had been the manse for St Ninians until the church was left the second end house on Saltburn road as a manse. We moved in and I remember the Canon had left his old black hat behind and I was sent to give it back to him. He never changed over the years and still looked as fresh faced the last time I saw him. I felt privileged to attend his funeral in St Ninians. Memories are of the Canon and Alistair Ross enjoying a cup of tea in the kitchen of Pretoria House and seting the world to rights.
Added by Liz Adam (Askew) on 15 April 2005
My brother James and sister Elaine were in the church choir when Canon McHardy was the priest. My auntie Julia also used to play the organ. It was quite a family day out to church on a Sunday. I was still quite young at the time and used to attend the Sunday School half way through the sermon. I remember planting cress and also remember the Sunday School days out and one particular one when we were playing hide and seek and I hid under Canon McHardy's cloak! It was a great hiding place and from my vague memory I think I won the game.
Added by Wendy Clist (nee Ross) on 31 October 2005
The Episcopalian Church was universally known as the "English Church". I remember the vicar seemed so much more "modern" and approachable than Dr Fraser at the Church of Scotland.
Added by Bill Geddes on 18 November 2005
Charles, your Uncle was indeed a wonderful man. The atmosphere in the church when he was there was electric. He always had time for everyone and was one of those people that didn't have a "bad bone" in his body. Even though I was quite young when he was "head" of the church, I remember him with the utmost respect and above all very happy memories.
Added by Wendy Clist (nee Ross) on 19 April 2006
We are all blessed at some time in our lives by the people we are priveliged to meet and know. My Uncle Iain was a wonderful man who loved life and all those around him and who left a trail of smiles in his wake. I well remember going to the bees with him and having him try to get that old Anglia to leave the ground over the hump backed bridge on the Tomich road! Sunday lunch after morning service was also always a special meal with him there and he always engaged us children in conversation.
Added by Charles McHardy on 19 April 2006
Canon McHardy was a great man. He was good friends with my parents Joe and Margaret Zawinski, and I have fantastic memories of all our escapades with him over the years. I think I also remember you as well Charles. Did you and my brother - Joe Zawinski - not used to be good friends when you were a few years younger!!!
Added by Caroline MacLeod on 09 May 2007
Canon McHardy ran 'The Adventurers' from The Rectory on Saltburn Road. We met there once a week, and could also drop in and see him when he was home. He organised trips and week long holidays for local youth, which I very much enjoyed, and was much loved for his calm and understanding.
Added by James McRobie on 06 September 2014
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