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A lovely old postcard of Saltburn looking east. The date is not known.

(Image kindly supplied by Invergordon Off the Wall Web Site: www.invergordonoffthewall.co.uk/)
Picture added on 24 March 2006
I wish I could tell exactly where this was taken. My family's home was "Firth View" (early 1800s to 1920s) now 46, Saltburn Road. Is it one of these?
Added by Susan Saloom on 08 May 2006
Susan, I think 46 is further along the road, but it all looks so different to what it is now. I think it was that house (46) that my parents renovated many years ago. It is certainly not any of the ones in the picture, but could be the furthest away 2 storey house. It is right on the pavement and was certainly not a cottage.
Added by Anon on 09 May 2006
Firthview isn't now known as 46. I believe 46 was known as "Beachside"; Firthview is possibly 48. Please disregard my earlier comment about No 46!
Added by Anon on 10 May 2006
Thanks so much for your reply!
I did visit Saltburn a number of years ago and Beachview and Firthview are one and the same. What I can't place is how far down the road it is. I remember that it has a lane next to it and I know it was a store (and home) in the late 1800s. Do you know of any literature on the history of Saltburn?
Added by Susan Saloom on 11 May 2006
If my memory serves me right, this is the end of Saltburn nearest Invergordon. If you look on the right hand side, I think that was the house that the Speeds lived in.
Anonymous comment added on 12 May 2006
Susan, sorry don't know of any literature. No 48 (Firthview) was recently owned by Mrs Cath Ross, who was the head teacher at Milton Primary School. I think she has sadly passed away now. As far as I know No 46 (Beachside) is now occupied by two art teachers (retired???) from Invergordon Academy, Mr & Mrs Young; they may have more information for you. Looking at this picture again, I would say it is either end of the village, 46 & 48 are pretty much in the middle of Saltburn.
Added by Anon on 12 May 2006
I was led to believe that 46 was Firthview. I am curious as to why you say 48 is Firthview.

Added by Susan Saloom on 14 May 2006
Susan, I can say that 48 is Firthview because my parents lived at 46 - Beachside. Reasonably good authority!
Added by Anon on 15 May 2006
Your responses have spured me back to the all consuming passion of genealogy!
I found some info in files "to be filed" and thought they may be of interest to you and your parents. I met your mom and dad when I was in Saltburn and they couldn't have been more gracious. The information is re Firthview/Beachside. It states that the property (then Frith View...perhaps they spelled as well as I do!) extended 80 feet and was bounded on the south along the Public High Road from Invergordon to Tain and on the west by the Public Lane 10 feet wide. If I remember correctly there is a lane to the west of your parent's home.
It appears that some of the property was sold to Mudro Cameron in 1928 and the rest to Hugh Mackenzie in 1930.
If you choose you could email me at suesaloom@charter.net.
Added by Susan Saloom on 23 May 2006
Regarding the info added on 12th May 2006 - could the person standing outside the first cottage on the right be Robert Speed - my paternal grandfather? My father, William Speed, died recently and I would love to hear from anyone who might have known him and his family.
Added by Jean Jahn (nee Speed) on 03 October 2006
Sorry Jean, the Speeds lived further along the road on the right hand side. Our family lived further along the road on the left hand side but it was many years ago when we lived there - pre-war - before moving to Outram St in Inverg. I met one of the Speed girls in Plymouth many years ago, round about 1983/84 I think. She was married to a serviceman but we lost touch.
Added by Doug Will on 04 October 2006
Many thanks Doug - any information is better than none at all! I live in Germany now, but I'm planning a visit to the area around Easter time next year, so maybe I'll have better luck then!
Added by Jean Jahn (nee Speed) on 05 October 2006
Susan, a recent small book about Saltburn was published in 2001. It was written by Robert b Meikle with Florence Murray. Gaelic name of the book is Alltan an t-Salainn "Glimpses of a Village Past." It is published by St. Michael Publishing, Abban Street, Inverness IV3 8HH. It is a very interesting read. I can reccommend it.
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 06 October 2006
Rosalie, I have the book you mentioned and it is wonderful. Of course I wish it had more information(!) but it is a treasure. Was it there that I read that someone had kept years of notes of the life and people of Saltburn but when he died someone burned the pages he had kept. Imagine the stories lost!
I have some photos from when I visited Saltburn (also of Barbaravile and Milntown) that I would be happy to share if anyone is interested. They are some of the houses and the Kilmuir Churches.
Added by Susan Saloom on 08 October 2006
My g-grandparents Annie Munro & George Mitchell & their 16 children lived in Saltburn from at least 1891 until their deaths in 1947 & 1951. They lived in Elsie Cottage built by Annie's father, Alexander, sometime before 1916. I have a fairly recent photo of Elsie cottage but it has been renovated & added to & renamed. Does anyone know if it might be in this photo??
Added by Hilary on 10 October 2006
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