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The Invergordon Archive

Uncle Dick and Friends
The Invergordon Archive
Uncle Dick and Friends

My uncle, Richard Borthwick lived in Invergordon from about 1946-1951. This is one of several photos of him and his Invergordon pals during this time - the Invergordon location should be obvious.
Picture added on 24 September 2005
I was looking through the internet for news of A Richard Borthwick who may have been an actor or a cartoonist, and was wondering if this is the person?
I do apologise if I have the wrong person
Added by Rodger c. Meachem on 24 January 2006
Hi Rodger, I haven't been on this site for ages and have just noticed your comment from long past, but it can't be the same Richard Borthwick - my uncle's talents were in music and sport rather than acting and art.
Added by Liz Whiteford on 16 March 2010
Location I think is in front of the Cromlet school. The flagpole is behind Frankie Hoy and the Bank House and oil tank are in the background.
Added by Willie Mackay on 11 November 2011
I think you are right Willie, the old infant's school up the school brae.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 11 November 2011
Just come across this photo. l seem to remember this building was used for art, gardening, and woodwork about 1949.....1950.
Added by Nigel Borthwick on 11 May 2014
Nigel, the art class was on the second floor, the rest of the rooms were for the primary classes while I was in the academy.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 13 May 2014
That's correct, I think the wood work shop was to the rear.
Added by Nigel Borthwick on 13 May 2014
Woodwork was at the rear like Nigel says then it moved down past the canteen.
Also gardening was done here. I remember us all given shovels and in a line turned the soil, but don't remember planting anything.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 13 May 2014
I remember being in Miss Crystal's P1 class and seeing Kenneth Boyd go past dressed in a Top Hat covered with a net going to see to the bee hives round the back of the main Cromlet building. Wonder if he got a short straw or whether it was a sought after job.
Added by IsabelK on 16 May 2014
The gardening was done in the plot between the school and Rod Macgregors house. Mr Rose the Jannie used to grow veg there too.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 14 June 2014
Does anyone remember the army cadets who went to Troon about 1948? I went but cannot remember anyone.
Added by Nigel Borthwick on 15 August 2014
I was in the cadets for a time but I don't remember who went to Troon. We felt very grown up as 12 year olds, when at half time the instructor said " Right men, fall out for a smoke". The main attraction was setting up and stripping down the Bren gun and firing the .22 rifles. I remember Jimmy Connel wandering down the range and being shot through the calf. His response was to shout "***** I've been plugged!" He recovered quickly.
Added by Gordon Legge on 17 August 2014
Thanks for the information Gordon, I don't remember much about the cadets, but I do remember taking photos on a box camera and taking the spool for development at your father's shop. l also remember the names of the top row in the photo L to R Richard McCrae Gordon Fraser Doshy Benson Allan Campbell Swanson Ian Dingwall Myself Ken McPherson Frankie Hoy.
Added by Nigel Borthwick on 18 August 2014
A few names come to mind, although most of the faces are familiar. In the second row from l to r, Edward Benson, possibly Alan Crombie from Saltburn (forehead only showing). Front row: Ronald Thom, who came from Aberdeenshire, next, name unknown, Korky MacDonald, possibly Norman MacDonald (Norrie Ned), Edward Millar (Wardie). This is a mixture of two year groups, with Eddie Benson, Iain Dingwall and Ken MacPherson being in the year above me, with the others in my year. I may be wrong but I seem to remember that the woodwork classes were composite, made up of two year groups under Bill Smith, as were the Gardening classes, under Mr MacDonald. This perhaps explains why the two year groups were there.
Another memory was of an event in Miss Nicol's singing class, in which we were invited to do a little musical turn, either solo or in ensemble. I did a duet with John Cunningham in which we sang the old Scout song, "You'll never go to Heaven". John was a gifted scholar but less so as a singer. Nigel treated us all to a piano and vocal rendition of a popular number of the time, "Balling the Jack", along with cheerful actions. Miss Nicol was a delightful lady and gave us a good grounding in singing and I am sure engendered a love of music in many of her pupils. Looking back on our school days at Invergordon, and considering the the difficulties and restrictions the staff were working under, those who chose to take advantage of what was on offer, were well served by the majority of the teachers there.
Added by Gordon Legge on 18 August 2014
Thanks Gordon for refreshing my memory especially the music lessons. What a memory you've got!! I went on to become a musical entertainer in the south of England. As you say John Cunningham was an outstanding scholar who I competed with but in academic subjects he was always top boy. John Auchterlonie was also a challenge, but when it came to sport, lan Dingwall, Billie McPherson and myself were unbeatable. lnvergordon Academy will always be in my heart.
Added by Nigel Borthwick on 19 August 2014
Dickie Borthwick plays for a new club.

Anonymous comment added on 18 December 2016
Is this the same ian dingwall that has his own decorating company? I served my apprenticeship under ian dingwall years ago fond memories
Added by Paul mac on 05 May 2019
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