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The Invergordon Archive

Uncle Dick, Davie Moir and friends
The Invergordon Archive
Uncle Dick, Davie Moir 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
Liz - is that Donald Clark on the right? The other 2 faces are familiar but I don't remember the names.

Added by Jackie Geddes on 27 September 2005
My dad Richard Borthwick says yes it is him and he now helps out at the Invergordon museum.
Added by Gavin on 30 September 2005
Murdo Fraser is the guy 2nd from the right - Dad (Richard Borthwick) last saw him about 10 yrs ago.
Added by Gavin on 30 September 2005
I thought it was Murdo but wasn't too sure. I saw him and his wife Alison at the Invergordon Bowling Club with my Mum about 2 months ago. Is the other guy Johnny Grant? - another Painter & Decorator.
He was good friends with my parents Cameron and Mary Maclennan.
Added by Jackie Geddes on 01 October 2005
Not sure on Johnny Grant; Richard Borthwick - unware of name but Ian Dingwall can fill you in on all these people if you see him about.
Added by Gavin on 02 October 2005
Liz, next to Nigel, (sorry, Richard ) is Ross Macleod, then Davie Moir, Murdo Fraser and Donald Clark.
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 25 March 2006
This looks like it was taken at the old swimming pool. I seem to remember that Richard Borthwick was a champion swimmer. Being a good swimmer in those days made you a bit of a local hero. The annual Swimming Gala was always a big event. The top trophy was a very large silver vase (I forget its name). It was awarded to the person who performed best over a number of events including a mock lifesaving exercise. The trophy had many names engraved on it so the competition must have been run for many years. Where is it now? In the museum?
Added by Bill Geddes on 16 January 2008
Bill, Nigel (Richard) Borthwick's brother, Jimmy, won the cup a few times I think. The name of the trophy was the Lochcarron (I think) Trophy. Jimmy was tragically killed in an aeroplane accident while still a young man.
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 18 January 2008
Bill and Rosalie, I think the cup to which you refer is the Littlejohn of Invercarron Lifesaving Trophy (or Littlejohn Man Overboard Trophy). Whilst my Uncle Dick (Richard) and his older brother Douglas (my Dad), both born in Weymouth in Dorset, were very good swimmers and enjoyed many happy hours in the old outdoor pool at Invergordon, it was Uncle Jimmy, as a 17 year old, who won this trophy in 1951 with Billy Ross as his subject. Uncle Jimmy, then went on to become a PE instructor in the RAF where part of his overseas work was to search for crews of crashed planes in the steaming jungles of Borneo but, in 1964, on his return to the UK, his plane tragically crashed when he was taking part in a parachute training course, sadly killing Uncle Jimmy and all onboard. In memory of Uncle Jimmy, it was in 1997, when I was a local swimming teacher in my 40s, that two of my senior teenage pupils persuaded me to take part in the revival of the Littlejohn competition which now takes place at the new indoor Invergordon pool (where I think the trophy might now be displayed) and I was delighted to reach the final and take third place with my two pupils coming first and second.
Added by Liz Whiteford on 19 January 2008
Liz, thank you for the correct name. I knew there was something familiar about the name I mentioned (Carron)!!!!. Good for you about taking part in the revival and for achieving such a great result.
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 20 January 2008
Liz and Rosalie, many thanks for the information. I knew the trophy had a name to match its size! It is also good to know it's still around and now being competed for again. Sorry about Jimmy, I had no idea the Borthwicks came from Dorset (my favourite English county!). To win the trophy you needed a great deal of strength and stamina but it was not always men who won it. I think one of the Grant sisters won it when I was a kid, Sandra or Ishbell, I think.
Added by Bill Geddes on 21 January 2008
Bill, you are correct on that one, it was Ishbell Grant that won the trophy. I saw it displayed recently (2007) in the Museum but perhaps it was a temporary display and it may well reside in some other more permanent place.
Added by Duncan Murray on 21 January 2008
I was sitting watching the Local Evening News on TV (South of England) the other night, when onto the screen came an item about a pensioner continuing with his Football career. There he was in the studio in his footie kit displaying his keepie uppie skills! I nearly fell off my chair when the presenter told us that this was Dicky Borthwick! It must be over 50 years since I last saw him (in Invergordon), needless to say I was rendered speechless...what a man!
Added by Bill Geddes on 06 January 2011
Yes, Uncle Dick certainly seems to be wearing pretty well and as one of the oldest footballers around he does seem to be attracting a bit of celebrity status these days - and to think that his football skills were all developed in good old Invergordon!
Added by Liz Whiteford (Lane) on 07 January 2011
Liz, did you know that it was either Jimmy or Nigel (Richard) who used to play the piano really well? When they used to come to my Gran's house in Clyde Street (Mrs Mackenzie) my sister and I used to move the ornaments from the top of the piano as the vibration made them shake so much.
Added by Rosalie (Samaroo) Graham on 14 January 2011
That would have been Uncle Dick (or Richard or Nigel as he is also called) and, as well as still playing football, he continued to play the piano too.
Added by Liz Whiteford (Lane) on 14 January 2011
Hi Liz, I have just read all the comments; you are right, it all started in good old Invergordon!
Added by Nigel Borthwick on 12 March 2014
Glad that you have mastered the internet and found this site Uncle Dick (Uncle Dick will be better known to Invergordon folks as Richard or Nigel Borthwick - seemingly there were 2 Richards in his class at school and he was therefore called Nigel which was his middle name!); I'm sure that you will find other photos featuring you on this site Uncle Dick!
Added by Liz Whiteford on 12 March 2014
Dick Borthwick is in today's Daily Mirror unfortunately Invergordon is given no name check.
Added by Bill Geddes on 23 May 2016
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