88 years ago
THE AUTHOR and playwright, George Bernard Shaw, has left Strathpeffer, after a short holiday, bound for Fort William, where he intends ascending Ben Nevis.
The streets of Invergordon are undergoing a complete overhaul. The contractor is Mr John Macrae, Kildary.
Mrs Mackay, The Manse, has been appointed president of the Nigg Nursing Association.
The Kilmuir Easter and Logie Easter Nursing Association’s annual report shows that Nurse MacMillan made 1,694 visits during the year. The treasurer reported a credit balance of £104 14s 9d.
Mr Charles Watt, brewer, Cragganmore Distillery, Ballindalloch, has been appointed manager of the Teaninich Distillery, Alness.
There has been a slight improvement in white fish landings at Balintore and Hilton. Some of the boats have caught from three to four cwts each.
The total number of Territorial Army personnel in Scotland is 933 Officers and 21,996 Other Ranks. The 51st (Highland) Division still stands first in the fourteen Divisions with 331 Officers and 9,286 Other Ranks.
Crops in the Dundonnell district look very promising, especially hay and potatoes. Peats have been secured. Crofters are better prepared to "face the enemy" this winter than last.
A large crowd of people from Nigg and surrounding area went to the Nairn Games on Saturday. Mr Watson, lessee of the Nigg Ferry, made two trips with his steamer "Ailsa" – one from Cromarty and Invergordon, and the other from Nigg Pier.
An interesting fishing competition was held at Fortrose Pier. Mr Smith, Oakfield, Fortrose, won the prize for the Heaviest Basket. The prize for the Heaviest Fish went to Mr John Brooks, Shore, Fortrose, who caught a large flounder.
On the occasion of their departure from Aultbea, Mr and Mrs McCuish were the recipients of handsome parting gifts. Mr MacCuish has been appointed Headmaster of Mulbuie School. The Rev J Currie presided and Mr Macrae handed over a handsome black marble clock with the best wishes of the community. He referred to Mr MacCuish’s outstanding work as a teacher, and in connection with the collection of funds for the Shieldaig War Memorial.
Friday, 22nd August, 1924
44 years ago
OBITUARIES: At Cracroft, Evanton, Christina Munro, wife of the late Ernest Edward Bullock. At Glasgow, Donald Campbell, late of 311 Duke Street, Glasgow, retired Policeman, husband of Catherine Paterson, son of the late Mr and Mrs Neil Campbell, Lower Knockbain, Dingwall, brother of Nurse Reid and Mrs Watson, Millcraig Road, Dingwall, and Simon Campbell, Fearn. Elizabeth (Betty) Munro, wife of Alexander D Coghill, mother of Brian and Pamela, late of 27 Lochardil Road, Inverness, and Kimberly House, Evanton. At Saskatoon, Canada, Robert, son of the late Robert Mackay, Leachonich, Edderton. At Muirton Cottage, Saltburn, Invergordon, Jessie Ann Maclean, wife of the late John Mackay, Assynt. At Cranbreck, School Road, Conon Bridge, Edith May Reynolds, wife of the late Captain WR MacManus, Lovat Scouts. At 7 Millcraig Road, Dingwall, Alexander Nicolson, husband of Isabel Gillies, father of Donald, John and Annabel. Helen Elizabeth Maclachlan, The Rowans, Pritchard Crescent, Beauly, daughter of the late Dr and Mrs MacLachlan. Jane Mackenzie, wife of the late Alexander Mackenzie (gamekeeper), Heatherlea, Aultbea. At Rosskeen Free Church Manse, Alness, the Reverend John Robert Muirden, MA, husband of Christine Maciver, father of Anne, George and Catherine.
The British Army provided the second largest contingent of 1,500 Marchers — second only to the Dutch themselves — out of a vast number of 17,000 marchers of all nations, who took part in the famous Nijmegen Marches in Holland. In all the Marches took place over a period of four days. The highlight of the occasion comes with the final parade on the last day with 200,000 spectators cramming into Nijmegen’s town centre to watch the March Past. Two photographs published with the report are of 20-year-old Pte George Geddes, 21 Gowanbrae, Rosemarkie, and 22-year-old Pte Ian Muir, 11 Holding, Arabella.
Now serving with the Royal Signals in Germany is L/Cpl Derry Garrow, who is a son of Mr and Mrs Roddie Garrow, 4 Simpson Place, Dingwall. Derry is making a career for himself in the Army, and when he passed-out at Catterick, he won the awards for Best All-Round Recruit in his Troop and Best Recruit in Physical Training. Before joining the Army, Derry was a noted local sportsman, playing wing-half for Dingwall Thistle and Ross County A, and as an Athlete and Basketball player with the Ross-shire Sports and Athletics Club.
At Fraserburgh, on Saturday, Ross County FC defeated the local club 6-2 in a Highland League fixture. According to the report on the match "it was not the goals a footballer aimed at but a banner!" The referee, Mr Alex Hendry, Aberdeen, requested Ross County supporters behind the home team’s goal to remove a banner because the referee considered it was being used as a "target" by the County forwards, and constituted an unfair advantage as County were "homing" their shots on it! On the day, Jim Lynas scored a hat-trick of goals.
Invergordon Boating Club benefited from a fine sunny day for their Regatta on Saturday. As 15 yachts searched for a breeze they presented a colourful picture against the dancing waters of the Cromarty Firth with a patchwork of fields on the Black Isle. For the morning race the three Flying Fifteen visitors from Chanonry Club took the lead early on and never looked back. "Speedwell" (W Mackenzie), the winner, had six minutes to spare over "Lady Fair" (James Arrol). In the afternoon, conditions were more trying. "Speedwell" was first, with "Lady Fair" second, and "Ffruch" (D Carmichael) third. Winner of the Canoe Race was Lenord Christopher.
Over the two days of the Ullapool West Highland Junior (Under 16) Sea Angling Championships and Adult competition, 35 competitors landed 1300lbs of fish of various varieties on the first day, and 2800lbs on the second. Highlights were the huge catches by two Juniors of weights more than three times their own bodies, and a prime 14 and a half pound Pollock a Juma. Another Junior landed seven different species of fish over the two days. G Mackenzie, Ullapool, won the Junior competition with a basket of 29-and-a-half lbs. Miss S Macewan, Ullapool, had the Girls’ Heaviest Basket- 69-and-a-half lbs; and the Adults Heaviest Basket was returned by Miss L Jordan, Glasgow (266lbs). Mr N Scobie, Ullapool, won the Angie Allan Cup for landing the most species – seven in all.
Mr WG Templeton, accountant in the Portree Branch of the National Commercial Bank of Scotland, has been appointed Manager of the Kyle Branch.
Miss Sheila Ross, Mid Gruinard, Ardgay, was chosen as the Bonar Bridge Labour Party Holiday Queen, at a Dance in the Village Hall. Miss Ross, who intends going in for Nursing, was attendant to the Creich and Kincardine Electoral and Ratepayers’ Association’s Salmon Queen, Miss Kay Mackinnon.
A Gymkhana was held in the Victoria Park, Cromarty, with the following results: 1 Ben Cordeal", Miss Cordelia Dalgarno, Invergordon. Most Points 11 years and under, "Beech Nut", Leslie Wallace; 12-15 years: "Silver Cascade", Ronald Palmer; 16 and over: "Bedouin", Christine Acton.
For the first time since its inception 20 years ago, the annual Kessock Ferry Swim was cancelled due to unfavourable conditions.
Friday, 23rd August, 1968
22 years ago
A TOTAL of 273 athletes – a record number – took part in the Great Wilderness Challenge Races over 25 and 13 miles in Wester Ross on Saturday – 59 runners in the 25 mile challenge, and 57 in the 13 mile event. The balance was made up of those who chose to walk, rather than run, the courses. Weather conditions were perfect, although recent heavy rain had made the track and river crossing a bit tricky. A pictorial record was made of the event, copies of which could be purchased for £16. Athlete John Musgrave’s record for the 25 mile run still stands, but Jim Doig, Aberdeen, with a time of 2 hours 57 minutes 22 seconds came close. Jim was 11 minutes clear of second placed Ben Preece, Aberdeen, 3.08.22. In third place was Ben Maher, Hunter Bog Trotters, 3.14.00. The first lady was Hazel Dean, Forth Valley Orienteers, 3.23.37 (a new course record). Willie Macrae and Andrew Tallach, Gairloch, completed the course together in a time of 4.10.00 to win the local prize. Some Ross-shire times: Alex Whyte and David Warren, 3.49.18; Alex Brett, 3.53.43; Bill Smith, 3.52.00; Ian Macdonald, 4.07.57; Fergus Haldane, 4.09.10; Henry Cassie, 4.09.47; Ray and Elizabeth Wilby, 4.32.50.
Ross County FC were brought down to earth following their victory over Caley on Monday evening, when they lost 2-1 to Brora Rangers in the Highland League Cup competition; and on Saturday, Cove Rangers were 3-1 winners in the Highland League.
Highland Regional Council has agreed to spend £290,000 on essential safety-work on the Strome Ferry By-Pass to prevent the risk of rock falls. A 10-week contract has been awarded to Albion Drilling Company, and work is to start shortly. The Road will remain open during the work.
Miss Audrey Urquhart, D Pod M, SRCh, MChS, 4 Westford Alness, is the first State Registered Chiropodist to qualify from Alness. Audrey is employed by the Highland Health Board at the Fort William Community Clinic.
Members of the Free Presbytery of Ross and their wives met in the National Hotel, Dingwall, to honour their Clerk, the Rev Hugh Cartwright and Mrs Cartwright, prior to their leaving for Edinburgh, where Mr Cartwright is to be inducted to the Chair of Church History and Principles. In the Free Church College. Mr Cartwright has been Minister of the Ferintosh congregation for the past 21 years, and has served as Presbytery Clerk for over 16 years, first in the former Presbytery of Dingwall and Chanonry, and then in the newly formed Presbytery of Ross.
Mr William J Nicolson, son of Mrs Nicolson, 3 Deas Avenue, Dingwall, and the late Donald Nicholson, has graduated Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, at Napier College, Edinburgh.
Dr John W Grant has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine by the University of Aberdeen. He is currently Consultant Pathologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Dr Grant is the elder son of Mrs Ible Grant, Bayne Drive, Dingwall, and the late Ian M Grant, former Principal Teacher of Physical Education, Dingwall Academy, and County Chief Organiser of PE.
Members of Ross and Cromarty District Housing Committee decided that the façade of the former premises of the Ross-shire Journal Offices in Castle Street, Dingwall, should be retained in a proposed Housing Development – a joint effort involving the District Council, and the Management of the Blackwood Housing Association in Edinburgh.
The latest venture of Major and Mrs Mackay Scobie, who have done much to initiate and extend a wide vaiety of holiday attractions and facilities at Ullapool and Coulmore (North Kessock), has been opened. It is the Black Isle Boating Centre on the Beauly Firth frontage of their Coulmore Estate. Comprising the attractive Anchor and Chain Restaurant. Shaped like a large modern ship’s bridge, the "Riding Light" Boutique for the sale of all kinds of yachting and boating gear, a jetty, which has yet to be extended so as to be usable at low tide for sailing, power boats and dinghys, a caravan park and camping site, the Centre has been attractively designed and should prove a welcome addtion to recreational facilities for holidaymakers. The opening ceremony was performed by Sir James Mackay, Highlands and Islands Development Board Member with responsibility for tourism.
Friday, 24th August, 1990