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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Mayor
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Mayor

Help please with who and when!
Picture added on 12 February 2005
Comments:
Definitely Jock Mackay. He was Provost for quite a long time I believe...he was also Provost in late 50s.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 06 March 2005
I think that this is J. Mackay who was provost in the 1960s. His daughter, Gertrude, lives in Invergordon.
Added by Catherine MacKenzie(nee Clark) on 06 March 2005
Yes - no doubt - it is Provost Mackay. He was Provost in 1959, I am sure, when I left.
Added by Daniel Macdonald on 10 May 2005
Yes John Mackay....Provost for many years...known locally as "Jockie goatie" and lived in the High Street..two or three doors along from the old Royal Hotel.
Added by Duncan Murray on 04 March 2006
I recall someone writing on the roof of the Bonemill during an election time "vote for flukey Ned the Red" but never did find who this referred to? Does anyone else know?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 06 March 2006
Sorry, cannot help you on that one Harry, but can vividly remember the steps at the side of the Bone Mill. I used to jump off them one by one but never did jump from the top.
Added by Anne James now Anne Bridges on 07 March 2006
Don't remember that Harry, but in the 50s when my dad first stood for the Council, I remember him sending my sister Audrey out in the early morning with a bucket of whitewash and a paint brush. Her mission was to paint "Vote Willie Geddes" on as many shop windows as possible. Guaranteed to upset the owners but as my dad was a candidate of the left I guess they would not have voted for him anyway. I remember later in the day being amused by the white smears all along the pavement where the slogans had been washed off.
Added by Bill Geddes on 07 March 2006
Thanks John, that narrows it down. I remember it was the talk of the town at the time..
Added by Harry O'Neill on 08 March 2006
Hi Harry, I seem to recall a gentleman who stayed in Bissetts Hotel who was called Flukey Ned - he possibly worked in the dockyard. I remember Rod Macgregor taking Flukey up to Dingwall to watch Ross County on Saturday afternoons.
Added by John Mitchell on 08 March 2006
Yes Rosalie, Amelia has told me lots about what you two used to get up to. I believe on one occasion my Mother was very annoyed with you both......perhaps it was a good job I was too young to remember!!!!
Added by Anne James now Anne Bridges on 11 April 2006
Well Anne, Amelia and I can go one better!!! We used to jump right off the top. You must ask her about our escapades at the Bone Mill!!
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 11 April 2006
Anne, I'm glad that Amelia told you one or two things. Oh if you only knew!!!!! Yes, your Mother was VERY annoyed but we were innocent!!!
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 14 April 2006
Thats my grandad! He was Provost for twelve years. Flukey Ned's real name was Roddy Douglas, Georgette's father.
Added by Eileen Gorman on 06 May 2006
Thanks there Eileen, after 50 years I now know who Flukey Ned was. Your grandfather was respected as Provost, dedicated and was one of us if you know what I mean....My family and I knew him well and especially his daughter Gertrude who worked just around the corner from us at Charlie Fraser's, later to be Rhinds....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 07 May 2006
Hello, Eileen. I hope that you are going to get your Mother on to this site as I am sure she would recognise a lot of people.
Added by Catherine MacKenzie(Nee Clark) on 08 May 2006
Mum had a look the other night. I'm sure we must have photos that could be put on to the site.

Added by Eileen Gorman on 09 May 2006
John MacKay was given a bicycle when he retired I seem to remember.
Added by Jamie Elwin on 05 October 2012
Using a variety of sources, including comments on this website, I have tried to compile a list of Invergordon Provosts since the first provost in 1864. There is a lot of assumptions and educated guesswork in the list so all corrections welcomed. Of course, there may well be a comprehensive, and more correct, list in the Invergordon Museum!

1) 1864 - 1888 Provost Robert Bruce Aeneas Macleod V of Cadboll
2) 1888 - 1901 Unknow or vacant
3) 1901 - 1919 Provost John E. Macdonald of Seaview
4) 1919 - 1935 Provost Donald A.M. Ross
5) 1935 - 1937 Provost John E. Macdonald
6) 1937 - 1951 Provost Alexander William Ross
7) 1951 - 1955 Provost W. H. George
8) 1955 - 1967 Provost John MacKay
9) 1967 - 1969 Provost Iain William Thomson Duff McHardy
10) 1969 - 1972 Provost James S. Ross
11) 1972 - 1975 Provost Ian Mackean
12) 1975 - 1980 Provost Davidson (?)
Added by Kenny MacCormack on 24 October 2015
Interesting Kenny. I think that Jocky Mckay was in for more than one term though..
Added by Harry O'Neill on 24 October 2015
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