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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Academy 1932
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Academy 1932

Back Row: Harry Reid, Donald Urquhart, Norman Ross, John Reid, Reid Ross, Jack Munro; Middle Row: Mary Duncan, Mary Ross, Anne Ross, Margaret Pirrie, Nan Anderson, Edith MacPherson, Alice Macleod, Christine Ross; Front Row: Jessie Pirrie, Violet Cross, Muriel Evans.
Picture added on 13 February 2005
If I'm not mistaken, Alice Macleod was a teacher at the Academy in 40-50s class before Miss Macdonald (gogglie), the qualifying teacher. She married and became Alice Wilson, a very good teacher, liked by all. The date would be in the 30s as some of the lads served in the war.
Added by Harry on 18 February 2005
Yes. Alice Wilson taught Primary 6 and was respected by all. She now lives in Murray Road in Invergordon.
Added by Catherine MacKenzie(nee Clark) on 19 February 2005
Alice Wilson taught Primary 7 when I was in school in the 60s. Doris Bryce or Shearer as she is now, taught P6.
I remember Mrs Wilson's husband, Charlie, had a shop at no 9 or 11 High Street. I lived at No 15 and my mum would give us 3d to get sweets. You could get a packet of Smith's salt and shake crisps, or a small bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk (the very thin one) or a barley sugar stick, or a Lucky bag amongst other things for 3d in the late 50s and early 60s!!!!
Added by Jackie Geddes on 19 February 2005
Is this the same Pirrie sisters shown on picture #540 ?
Added by Kmmc55 on 24 February 2005
Yes, the same sisters.
Added by anon on 26 February 2005
Jackie, you are correct. Alice took over from Miss Macdonald when she retired, then Miss Bryce moved from 5-6. Us lads liked Miss Bryce as she was a real stunner....Smith's crisps - they were the best ever for taste and the little blue bag of salt...oh my goodness!!
Added by Harry on 27 February 2005
Nan Anderson had a Ladies Hairdressers a few doors up from the school on the High Street. I can always remember smelling the perm lotion when passing the salon on my way to school. (1947-57)
Added by Anne James now Anne Bridges on 09 April 2006
Mrs Wilson was my teacher in Pr 7, when I first came to Invergordon Academy in 1959. She was a lovely, kind and respected teacher and one I have never forgotten. She made a very shy little girl feel very welcome on that first day. I stayed at number 15 High Street, and Mrs Welson's husband, Charlie, served in the little grocer shop just along from there. I can still see Mrs Wilson riding her bike down to the shop after school.
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 10 January 2007
Mrs Wilson was also my teacher when I started attending the Academy in 1977 and was there long after I left. She was a lovely lady. I occasionally see her around the town, she hasn't changed much!! Was Jessie Pirie also a teacher?
Added by Jillian B on 11 January 2007
Heather, you must have got your dates mixed up, I lived at 15 High Street from 1957 ‘til 1961 or '62. My younger sister was born in that house on New Year's Day 1959 when I was 3. I was in P2 when we moved out up to Queen Street.
Added by Jackie Geddes (Nee Maclennan) on 11 January 2007
Jackie - you're right, sorry. I checked out the dates and it would seem we lived in the Dockyard house until 1961. Our family, Captain Fred Booth (dad), Fay (Mum), Shirley Maureen (sister) and myself must have moved into your house shortly after you left. On the back of one of our photos taken at 15 High Street, Mum has written August 1961. I have a few photos of Mr and Mrs Sandy McLennan (are you any relation?) and their son, Alistair, who lived at 13 High Street, still to put on the 'Image Library' - so look out for them!

(PS. Jackie - just noticed that I didn't actually say I lived at number 15 High Street in 1959! No - what I said was I came to Invergordon in 1959! On arriving in Invergordon we stayed in a house in the then Dockyard and then I moved to number 15 High Street - I didn't actually say when! As I said previously - on the back of a photo taken there, mum has written the date, August 1961. I was just pointing out that I stayed at number 15 High Street and remember Charlie Wilson in the shop nearby and Mrs Wilson cycling to the shop after school. Ah well - as long as we've cleared that up!!!)
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 12 January 2007
Heather, it would be great to see a picture of the Maclellans and Alistair. Sandy was on the pilot boat along with my grandfather Fachy Dunn, but he would have been retired when you came along. I still communicate with Alistair though...just a note, Alistair now resides at number 15 High Street....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 13 January 2007
Harry, I've added one or two pictures of the MacLellans and Alistair today, so hopefully you should see them soon. I remember Sandy so well as he was on the tug boat which my father, Captain Booth, the then harbour master, used to go out to the 'big ships'. They were a lovely kind couple, and Mrs Maclellan was like a second mum to me. They stayed next door at No.13 High St. I stayed with them often. They had loads of animals -bantams, chinchillas etc. I often got a freshly laid egg for my breakfast! It is good to hear that Alistair is now staying at No.15, which was our old house. Say 'hello' to him for me?
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 13 January 2007
Harry - I meant to say earlier - No, unfortunately, I didn't meet your Grandad. I have seen his name mentioned quite a few times though on the 'Image Library'.
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 13 January 2007
Thank you Heather. Re 'Hi to Alistair', consider it done. I also advised him to watch for your pictures, although he does frequent this site....
Added by Harry on 14 January 2007
Jillian B - Jessie Pirrie was indeed a teacher. She taught maths in Invergordon Academy. She was my teacher. Mr. Armstrong, Keith Dunwoodie and Ma Connon were all about the Maths Dept. at that time (1969 - 1975).
Added by Kmmc on 28 October 2007
The two boys in the middle of the back row went on to become prominent businessmen in the area. Norman Ross was a partner in N. & W.M Ross (Ross & Ross) Builders, Alness. John Reid ran a painting and decorating business from premises behind what are now shops at 122 High Street.
I believe Muriel Evans became a gym teacher and resided next door to the old Municipal Chambers.
Added by Ron Stewart on 30 January 2018
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