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The Invergordon Archive

Church of Scotland
The Invergordon Archive
Church of Scotland

The Rev. Duncan Fraser, who came to Invergordon Church in 1927, where he remained as Minister until 1967.
Picture added on 17 April 2004
Had a beautiful garden with smashing apples......just right for "raiding" which most kids did, myself included...caught up a tree many a time with the Rev standing at bottom....bit of a scolding and told to be in church next Sunday.....his wife was a very nice lady indeed, when caught by her she would say "all you have to do is ask and I will give you some, somehow though it just didn't seem the same....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 28 August 2004
Yes, I too can remember going over the wall to get at the apples....but you had to be careful to avoid the Monkey Puzzle tree. My mother used to say that the Minister would only speak to you if you had a fur coat. I don't know about this but I remember he drove a vintage Rolls Royce car...
Added by Bill Geddes on 24 December 2004
How the years cloud our memories!

Added by Freda Ross on 26 December 2004
Duncan Fraser was properly entitled "The Rev. Doctor". He was honoured by being appointed Moderator of the Church of Scotland late 50s early 60s I think. What a great photo of him. He was a lovely man.
Added by George Sutherland (Sud) on 08 August 2007
I remember the Monkey Puzzle tree very well, as we didn't see many of them around our area. Mrs. Ross also came to visit me when I was in Inverness Royal Infirmary with acute appendicitis, when I was about 8. My Granny gave me a telling off when I was sick, as she thought I had been pinching the minister's apples, like everyone else. Mrs. Fraser brought me a tube of Fruit Pastilles and a wee bottle of Lavender water. It was a long way from Invergordon to Inverness at that time, and I didn't get many visitors, but I was thrilled to bits to see her.
Added by Susan Fraser on 10 August 2010
The Very Reverend Dr Duncan Fraser was one of nature's gentlemen and reached out to all members of the community regardless of perceived social status - as did his soft speaking gentle wife. By no stretch of any imagination could an Austin (16?) be confused with a vintage Rolls Royce!
Added by Anon on 30 May 2013
He baptised me, his wife was a lovely lady, Davie Budge and myself were hanging about, waiting the opportunity to go for apples, when he appeared from nowhere invited us in offered us a lemonade I think, then gave us a bag of apples to take home, I never did try to steal his apples again. Looking back I now see that is what he wanted
Added by Tommy Macallister on 24 November 2016
Yes, he used psychology on you Tommy. Same with me, he said to me "all you have to do is ask"
Added by Harry O'Neill on 24 November 2016
I am Duncan Fraser's great niece. I have been thinking about him as he was moderator in 1964 and blessed the Forth Road bridge. When I was little I used to love looking at the commemorative book he was given. We spent lots of happy holidays at Seaview once they had left the Manse.
Added by Eleanor Meadows on 27 August 2017
I have photo of him in my bible carry it everywhere in my car
Always remember harvest thanks giving, he most definitely put me on the right road, I've nit been perfect but never really done bad either thanks to him I was 9 when my father died
Added by Tommy Macallister on 28 August 2017
His 40 years' ministry in the same parish was time well spent. He and his wife, made the effort to visit me when I left home and became a student at Aberdeen
Added by Freda Ross on 28 August 2017
Freda you are truly blessed ,it was in a day when Christian feelings were more valued than in this modern world, it's not the world it us people, we are all born equal in first hour it then changes until the final hour equal again
Added by Tommy Macallister on 28 August 2017
It's lovely to hear that they were so well thought of. I have a beautiful canteen of cutlery with a plaque on the front- it was a gift from the congregation on the occasion of their marriage on 8th August 1935. Thank you for all the comments - we still have very happy memories of them so it's good to know others do too.
Added by Eleanor Meadows on 29 August 2017
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