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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon High Street
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon High Street

South side of the High Street at the crossroads with King Street. The date is a guess.
Picture added on 17 April 2004
In the mid 60s when we moved to Invergordon, London House was MacGregor's supermarket before he moved East to the other side of King Street.
Added by Geoff Pople on 24 November 2008
Beside London House (Macgregor's supermarket) it was the Clydesdale Bank and then the Alexandra Warehouse (Naxies). Across from London House with the sign Ross above it in the photo was John Boyds (grocers), then the Glasgow Warehouse (J E Macdonalds), then Macs Cafe, the Commercial bar, Jamiesons cafe/shop, Ogilvies the chemist, Ettas sweet shop (Macgregors) Gilbert Ross Ironmongers, Munros Garage, Cath Watson's mum's house and Fowlers (cobblers) who had a little pomeranian always in his window. That took you along to the SAI buildings where the jewellers and dentist are now. It was quite a culture shock when Alastair changed the shop into self service as it was the first supermarket in the area. You usually stood and read out your list and someone got everything for you, bagged it, charged it to your account if you wanted and delivered it. Now you had to do it yourself.
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 25 November 2008
Liz, there was Bremners bakery too. I remember the wee dog yapping at the window at Fowlers.
Added by Harry O'neill on 28 November 2008
Harry, you're correct on Bremners Bakery but that was long before it became part of the Munro's Garage complex, i.e. Offices/showroom and Paint respray shop and, as I recall, Jamesons was called the "Marina Cafe". Also where the jewellers is today we had a car showroom operated by Frews the Ford dealers that took over Taylors.
Added by Duncan Murray on 28 November 2008
Liz - I'm impressed - you have the whole of that side of the High Street as I remember it as a child. The only thing I could add would be Tommy Strachan's newsagent down the bottom. You have also remebered my folk's shop as the Alexandra Warehouse, I thought that had been consigned to history.
As they say "You can take the girl out of Invergordon but you can't take Invergordon out of the girl!"
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 28 November 2008
Next to Gilbert Ross was a shop selling material and clothes. Across the lane was a private house, then Bremner’s bakery shop, then another house, then the cobblers on the corner, then the SAI buildings. Behind the cobblers shop was the Dunn’s plumbing business. Can remember that in one of the big windows were models of aeroplanes all hanging by strings - not sure who made the models - was it Tommy or somebody else?
Added by Doug Will on 28 November 2008
Hi Harry, my mum remembers Bremner’s bakery but in my memory it was always Munro’s Garage with the pumps out the front and Mr Knox from Saltburn serving the petrol and Annie Martin’s cottage at the bottom of the lane. Am I right, Harry, in thinking that Matta Bremner, who lived up Seabank, was of the bakery family?
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 28 November 2008
Liz, the Bremmners stayed up Seabank Road at the top corner overlooking the swimming pool and, yes, Annie Martin's cottage was down the lane at the corner of Clyde Street - lived next door before moving up to Joss Street; happy days.
Added by Duncan Murray on 29 November 2008
Sorry Liz, I am not familiar with Matta, I can only remember a Davie Bremner.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 29 November 2008
Thanks for the compliment Graham. Yes, Strachan’s was there, really handy for the school but we always got our papers from Jocks on King Street. Dad always paid the papers monthly and I remember walking in, picking up a Bunty and saying put it on the bill but being told by Willie Forsyth that I should ask my dad first! Remember Slater’s and fresh hot sausage rolls you could get in the morning break or just after a dance in the early hours at the bakehouse. I worked there one summer in my last year at school for Frankie Ross. No one could make rolls like Frankie. To make me feel even older I used to push your nephew in the pram when Ian and Jennifer lived on Saltburn Road!
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 29 November 2008
Hello Doug. As far as I remember it was Mr. Fowler's son who made up the model aeroplanes.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 30 November 2008
Hi Duncan, I didn't realise you lived in Clyde Street. I used to visit Annie Martin with my gran and then she came to live with gran before going into a home in Inverness when gran moved to Inverness too. Were there four houses in that row as I remember Annie Martin’s, Lexy Mackay and Maud Dunn’s on that side and Donald Downie, the Sutherlands and Andrew’s Ness cottage on the other side?
Please say hello to Mardie for me.
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 01 December 2008
Liz - the memory of the sausage rolls at break time certainly aged me as much as the sausage rolls have probably aged my arteries. They were absolutely brilliant though - one of these smells and tastes that last a lifetime. Now to age you a bit more - my nephew John that you pushed in the pram is a big 6 foot plus lad now aged 44 with a wife and three kids of his own living in Devon. By the way, Ian and Jen are now in Inverurie and living quite close to Ben Dalgarno.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 01 December 2008
Hi Liz ...no ..only the three you mentioned, my parents had one end of the Mackays cottage (where I was born incidentally) and we moved up to Joss Street in 1947 when the prefabs were built.
Added by Duncan Murray on 01 December 2008
Hi Graham - please say hello to Iain and Jen for me. 44 - where have all the years gone! I remember Ian's van along with Virginia on the Slater's van stopping at Bella Vista - used to love going on with mum hoping to get something. My mum saw Joan Dalgarno when she was home in the summer at Christine Mackinnons. I last saw Peggy Dalgarno at Catriona Sutherland's funeral, very sad day. Peggy had not changed at all.
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 03 December 2008
Hi Duncan - sad when you see the gap site on Joss Street now, I remember the prefabs. Peter Ross lived in one and Duncan Brodie's mum in another? - with the TA buildings behind where Rita Sutherland had a dancing class and the cadet dances were held; also the cottages further along. Miss Crystal always promised me a sweet if I could pronounce the name on the front of them - TEL-E-Kebir if my memory serves me. I never did manage it.
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 03 December 2008
Yes Liz, it’s certainly changed in Joss Street. Tel-El-Kebir is the name you are recalling, called after some distant war in India or Africa - not sure exactly. Seems it was contaminated ground that caused all the to-do about the high Flats. Often wondered - did this condition just happen or was it contaminated when the Prefabs were on that site? Perhaps we’ll never know for sure.
Added by Duncan Murray on 05 December 2008
The Battle of Tel El Kebir took place in Egypt on Sept. 13th 1882 and lasted for about 1 hour. British troops, under the command of Lieutenant General Garnet Wolseley, totally defeated a much larger Egyptian army. Among the 459 British dead, wounded, and missing, were 1 Officer and nine enlisted men of "1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders" who were killed in action.
Anonymous comment added on 06 December 2008
Cath Watson's house was above London House and the entrance to her house was on King Street. The house near Bremner's Bakery belonged to Molly Mackay and her son and daughter Hamish and Katherine.
Added by Rosalie (Graham) Samaroo on 12 December 2008
Hi Rosalie, I had forgotten that. I just remember when she moved from there to the house between Munro’s garage and Fowlers, she took in young policemen as lodgers and a colleague of my brothers stayed there. Was Hamish's mother not on the other side of the lane from the Royal Hotel?
Added by Liz Adam (Askew) on 13 December 2008
Did Molly MacKay not live on Joss Street, in the house at the rear of Dr Achterlonie?
Added by Gordon Peterson on 14 December 2008
Hi Rosalie and Liz, am getting a bit mixed up here. The house between Fowler’s and Munro’s (102 High Street), as I remember, was where Sonny Macleod and his parents and sister Cath stayed; after them I believe it was MacKenzie?? Across the lane from the Royal (east) was Hamish Macleod’s parents and family (Donnie Macleod the Painter) and did Molly Mackay and family not move to Joss Street up the lane from Mackenzie brothers (butchers)?
Added by Duncan Murray on 14 December 2008
Hi Duncan, yes Molly Mackay, Hamish's mother, did live in Joss Street - getting mixed up as a lady very like her, was Anna her name (?), lived across the Royal lane, related to George and Ross Macleod?
Added by Liz Adam (Askew) on 15 December 2008
Hi Duncan, Liz and Gordon. The house between Fowler's and Munro’s was indeed occupied by Kathleen and Sonny Macleod and their parents. However, Molly, Hamish and Catherine lived in the house at the corner of Mackay Street (Lane?). The house across the lane from the Royal Hotel was occupied by Donnie and Anna Macleod and their children George, Ross, Donald and Anne. Anna and Molly were very good friends. Hamish Macleod's parents were a couple of houses up from Donnie and Anna Macleod's house. I am trying to picture the High Street in my mind!!!
Added by Rosalie (Graham) Samaroo on 16 December 2008
Hi Liz ..yes we’re getting there. I’m mistaken on Hamish Macleod...but I’m sure Mrs MacLeod’s name was Anna…..that would be Ross George, Shorty (Donald) and Ann Macleod’s mother and their father was Donnie the Painter - and they stayed where we both are saying.
Added by Duncan Murray on 16 December 2008
Yes Duncan and Liz it looks like we are getting it right now!! May I through this comment wish all of you who contribute to this wonderful site "A Merry Christmas and A Very Happy and Healthy New Year."
Added by Rosalie (Graham) Samaroo on 17 December 2008
Hi Duncan and Rosalie, we are all agreed on Anna Macleod's house across the lane from the Royal. Next door in my memory was Provost Mackay's house "Kinloch", with the Caithness slate pavement in front of it and two doors on to the street. At the end of the block: Mrs Macleods, who was the doctors receptionist’s mother, Roddy Macleod the painter’s mother in law, then Thomson’s shop and Leebie Denoons, Mrs AW Ross and then the Trapper’s house.
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 18 December 2008
May I take this opportunity to wish all contributers to this excellent site A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Lang may yer lum reek.
Added by Doug Will on 18 December 2008
Hi Liz and Rosalie. I was speaking to Anna Macleod’s grandson Terry’s wife a couple of days ago and she tells me that Anna still lives in Invergordon and she will be 99 years old on January 2009 (sorry for giving a lady’s age away) - and the seasons compliments to all on this site wherever you may be.
Added by Duncan Murray on 22 December 2008
Hi Duncan, what a great age to reach and what a great site this is. Best wishes to yourself, Rosalie and everyone else who signs in for a Merry Xmas and a Happy and peaceful 2009.
From Nitten on the Bing (Newtongrange).
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 23 December 2008
Would like to wish all on this great site all the very best for Christmas and good health for 2009.
Added by Margaret Sutherland nee Mackenzie on 23 December 2008
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