Published: 12/10/2013 09:00 - Updated: 07/10/2013 12:42

Reflections from Ross-shire


This picture taken around the 1930s in the township of Callakille on the north coast of the Applecross peninsula.It was donated to the Applecross Historical Society by Lynn MacFarlane. Back (l-r): Angus Finlayson, Jessie Finlayson, Annie McDowall (nee Finlayson, Lynn’s grandmother), Katie Finlayson, Donald Finlayson. Sitting at front: Chrissie Finlayson, Anne Finlayson (Lynn’s great-grandmother).
This picture taken around the 1930s in the township of Callakille on the north coast of the Applecross peninsula.It was donated to the Applecross Historical Society by Lynn MacFarlane. Back (l-r): Angus Finlayson, Jessie Finlayson, Annie McDowall (nee Finlayson, Lynn’s grandmother), Katie Finlayson, Donald Finlayson. Sitting at front: Chrissie Finlayson, Anne Finlayson (Lynn’s great-grandmother).

88 Years Ago

Friday, 9th October, 1925

THE Tennis Tournament at Cromarty was won by Miss R Couper and Mr F Skinner.

• Playing over the Alness Golf Course, Mr Ralph Jeffries, Glenskiach Distillery, had the second hole-in-one and later paid the customary penalty.

• Mr David Ross, Portmahomack, won first prize at the Dairy and Poultry Show in Edinburgh for his exhibit in the Chinchilla Adult Doe class.

• A Branch of the Ross-shire Liberal Association has been formed at Kyle of Lochalsh, with Mr John Maclennan as president and Mr John Stewart, secretary.

• The new electric lighting installation in Alness was inaugurated by Mrs Perrins of Ardross, and Mrs Harrison of Teaninich, who switched on the current.

• Mr Harry Birse, Alness, has taken up an appointment in Paterson, New Jersey, USA. For eight years he had been employed as an under-gardener at Dalmore, and figured at wing-half for Alness Averon Football Club.

• Mr Alexander (Sandy) Macrae has succeeded Mr A MacFarquhar as Scoutmaster of the 1st Dingwall Boy Scout Troop. Messrs John Renwick and W Mackenzie are Assistant Scoutmasters.

• Mr Murdo Fraser is giving up Balvaird, Muir of Ord on his retirement from farming, and is settling down for the present at Conon Bridge. Mr Fraser entered Balvaird over twenty years ago, and for many years served on Urquhart Parish Council, and for a period was chairman. A Justice of the Peace he was also a former president of the Wester Ross Farmers’ Club.

• Colonel Kemble, Duncraig Castle, who had kindly offered prizes to the scholars of Plockton HG School for essays on Lochalsh and Plockton, visited the school and presented the prizes to the successful scholars. Winners were: Girls: 1 Margaret Nicolson, The Manse; 2 Dina Mackay. Boys: 1 Edmond J Mackenzie; 2 Finlay Maclennan. The Colonel also presented prizes to Marie Macrae and Christopher Macdonald, as the most diligent girl and boy at the school.

• Mr Hugh MacBean of the permanent way staff of the LMS Railway Company at Dingwall, has left the town for the Argentine, where he is taking up sheep ranching. Prior to leaving he was met by his fellow employees and friends, and presented with a wallet of Treasury notes as a parting gift. The presentation was made by Mr D Maclennan, permanent way inspector. Mr T Macdonald, foreman, presided. Others who spoke were Messrs J Gordon, D MacGillivray and D Mitchell.

• Maryburgh Girls’ Club opened a new session in the Seaforth Drill Hall, where Mrs Brodie, Seaforth Sanitorium, declared the activities open. After an excellent tea a musical programme was presented by Miss Watt, Miss Isabel Mackenzie, Miss Alice West, Miss Mary Maclennan, Miss Daisy Carr and Miss Nancy Clark. The accompanists were Miss Watt and Miss Annie Harvey. Music for the dancing was played by Miss Watt and Miss Mabel Murdoch.

44 Years Ago

Friday, 10th October, 1969

OBITUARIES: Esme C MacEwan, wife of Adam Bell, 16 Kendal Crescent, Alness, late of Ardross. Catherine Stewart Fowler, Clan Chattan, Lossiemouth, wife of the late Rev W E Morgan, eldest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Duncan Fowler, Newton of Ferintosh, in her 90th year. Barbara Macleod Raitt, 30 St Andrew’s Road, Tain. At Morven, St James Street, Dingwall, James Ross, husband of Ruth Harvie, father of Elizabeth. At The Cottage, Rosskeen Farm, Invergordon, Duncan Hogg, husband of the late Annie Crawford. At 179 Mackintosh Road, Inverness, Alexander Robertson, husband of Isabella Maclean.

• Six Easter Ross farmers and Buchan Meat Producers have combined forces and opened a £22,000 grain drying and storage plant at Balaldie, Fearn. The enterprise – the first ever of this type in the United Kingdom – has been completed in time for this year’s crop, and already 700 tons of feeding barley have been consigned to the new store. The project is unique because never previously has the Central Council for Agricultural Co-operative accepted a project for grant aid, in which a group member with a single vote is a co-operative trading society, representing in turn hundreds of small farmers.

• The National Trust for Scotland’s Inverewe Gardens have beaten their record total for the number of visitors in a season. In 1968 the gardens had 105,733 visitors. This year the 105,734th visitor arrived on Sunday, September 29. He was Mr R C J Wade, 3 Oatlands Park, Manse Road, Linlithgow. His wife and he were presented with a copy of the book "100 Years in the Highlands" written by Osgood Mackenzie, who founded Inverewe Gardens.

• In the third round of the Scottish Qualifying Cup competition, Ross County Football Club had a 2-1 victory over Brora Rangers at Dudgeon Park, Brora. A Supporters’ Club Train from Dingwall was well patronised. The attendance at the match was a record-breaking 2,079. Colin Brett opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Brora equalised in the 63rd minute with a Don MacMillan own-goal. However, five minutes from the end, Jim Lynas secured the winning goal for County.

• In the MacGillivray Junior Shinty League, Caberfeidh were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Lochcarron. Duncan Mackenzie and Billy Thomson scored for Cabers, and Charles Maclean (2) and H Matheson were the Lochcarron marksmen.

• Mr William Ross, MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, was host to 140 people from all over Scotland, who had assisted the police in one way or another. Among those present were three folk from Ross-hire, who had assisted the police. Mr William Templeton, Bank House, Main Street, Kyle, saw a man leave the Pioneer Stores in Kyle of Lochalsh in the early hours of the morning, carrying what appeared to be a number of bottles. He informed the police and a man was arrested and charged with theft by housebreaking. The second person honoured was Mr Hugh Patience, a former Avoch fisherman now janitor of Fortrose Academy, and his son George (10 years). They had been given the registration number of a car by Constable George Patience, Strathpeffer (Hugh’s brother). The driver of the car in question was wanted in connection with a case of murder in Gloucestershire. The youngster noted the number of a car travelling in the opposite direction and informed his father. A Dingwall-bound motorist was stopped, given the number and reported to the police in Dingwall. The car in question was intercepted at Braemore and the driver detained.

• At the Kids’ Kafe Dance for 9-14 year old children in the Masonic Hall, Tain, ninety-eight youngsters were present. In charge of the organisation of the event was Mr Rodney Duncan. Music for dancing was provided by the Midas Touch. The proceeds were in aid of Tain Amenities Association funds.

• Police Sergeant Kenneth Grant, Old River Road, Dingwall, who is retiring from Ross and Sutherland Police Force, has been appointed Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Dingwall and District. He joined the Ross and Cromarty Police Force in 1939 and was promoted Sergeant in 1959. During the War from 1942-1946 he served with the Royal Marines.

• Police Constable Barry Mackenzie, Dingwall, of the Ross Sutherland Police Force, has been promoted Sergeant. Barry served for three years as a Regular in the RAF, mostly in Egypt and Cyprus, before joining the Ross-shire Police Force. While serving on the Isle of Lewis he met and married his wife (Mairi). A native of Bailechaul, he is a grandson of the late John Mackenzie, Master Tailor, who was well known throughout the north for his expertise as a Highland dancer, and as a teacher of the graceful art.

22 Years Ago

Friday, 11th October, 1991

HRH PRINCE CHARLES may have been late in arriving in Dingwall for the opening of the National Mod in the Royal Burgh, but no one was caring as he moved along High Street receiving the plaudits and greetings of the crowd. The fact he was there set a right Royal Seal of approval at the start of a week that will surely be remembered long after the last note was sung or played, and the National Mod final flag taken down. The High Street was lined with hundreds of townsfolk and others from far and near, who occupied every inch of space. On his arrival Prince Charles was welcomed by Captain Roderick Stirling of Fairburn, Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, and Mrs Stirling. The Prince moved effortlessly, gracefully and charmingly from one side of the High Street to the other talking to both young and old. He expressed amazement at the efforts of the community in raising the funds necessary to host the Mod. In the course of proceedings, the Prince was entertained at an informal ceilidh. Four photographs were published of Prince Charles meeting members of the crowd on High Street.

• At a ceremony in Edinburgh admitting newly-elected chartered surveyors to the Royal Institute, Mr Angus Bethune, son of Mr and Mrs Murdo Bethune, Glentyan, Culbokie, received his Diploma of Membership. Angus is an accomplished musician as organist and as singer. His years as a member of the Edinburgh Festival and SNO Choruses included a number of recording, broadcasts, foreign trips, and many concerts with the world’s leading orchestras. He is married with a family of three.

• As a result of their quarterfinal Scottish Qualifying Cup win over Inverness Thistle at Dingwall, Ross County FC play Inverness Caley in a semifinal tie at Dingwall. In the other semifinal, Buckie Thistle or Huntly are at home to Peterhead. In midweek in a Highland League fixture at Keith, Ross County gained three hard-earned points.

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