Published: 19/09/2017 06:00 - Updated: 17/09/2017 06:31

Reflections from Ross-shire 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago

The former nurses home in Conon. A nurse (left) is next to the first school in Conon, built in 1836 by Sir Francis Mackenzie.
The former nurses home in Conon. A nurse (left) is next to the first school in Conon, built in 1836 by Sir Francis Mackenzie.

100 Years Ago


From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, September 14, 1917

FEARN – the pupils attending Hilton School, to a number of about 300, were entertained to their annual outing on Friday afternoon, on Balintore green.

The weather was ideal, and the children enjoyed themselves immensely. Tea, with the usual accompaniments, was served, and sports of various kinds were entered into with great enthusiasm. The entertainment is made possible by the generosity of Mr D. Mackay, Capetown, a native of Hilton village, who, for many years, has kindly sent a donation of £4 for this purpose. Ringing cheers were given for Mr Mackay, who naturally holds a very warm place in the affections of the children. Donations in money were also received from Mrs Brewster, Pitkerrie, and Mrs John Strachan, Balintore, to whom best thanks are due, as also to all who contributed milk, and to Mr Ross, farmer, for kindly granting the use of his field. The Rev. Mr and Mrs Robertson, the Manse, were present, and spared no pains in helping to make the picnic a success. In lieu of sweets, the pupils each received a penny before dismissal.

• On Monday, while Mr Jameson, Burgh Surveyor, and Mr Macvinish, contractor, Inverness, were going along the Tomich road, beyond Newmore School, they came upon an adder crossing the road. On the reptile being killed, it was found to measure 18 inches in length.

75 Years Ago

From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, September 11, 1942

ALL going well, Dingwall Town Council will, tomorrow (Saturday) make burgh history in the Victoria Park, when they will test their football prowess in a match against the ladies of the A.T.S. The kick-off is at 3p.m. Dingwall Town Council team has been carefully selected. Places could not be found for all, those who, putting it politely, are out of training, will be lookers-on, and the vacancies will be filled by various officials. Some of them may be new to jerseys, some have worn them in the long bygone days with rare distinction. The importance of the event is reinforced by the fact the proceeds will be placed to the credit of the Fire Brigade Agricultural Prisoners of War Fund.

• Dvr, Neville Munro, Royal Marines, recently on leave in Dingwall, is the younger son of the late Mr Robert Munro, District Clerk, and the late Mrs Munro, Docharty House, Dingwall. A first rate golfer, Dvr. Munro, who already has had army experience, was for a time in Canada, where he followed a golfing profession.

• Brambles in the Dingwall district, as elsewhere, will be a very heavy crop but sugar is scarce. Last season brambles were hawked in pailfuls on the streets of Dingwall. The resultant jelly was declared to be the best ever.

50 Years Ago

From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, September 15, 1967

ROSEMARKIE’S reconstructed Gordon Memorial Hall was formally opened by Provost D. R. Munro, Fortrose, on 1st September. Following the Provost’s apt and appropriate remarks, there came a most enjoyable variety concert, featuring talented artistes both from the combined burghs themselves and from as far afield as Cromarty, Conon Bridge, Muir of Ord and Inverness. The newly-formed Chanonry Players gave an acceptable performance of N. M. Carroll’s Victorian drama, “The Bell” – of which they have since given a repeat performance at Kinkell. A successful dance followed to the music of the Northern Lights.

• Air Vice-Marshal Jonnie Johnston, C.B.E., D.S.O., D.F.C. and Bar, one of the most prominent heroes of the Battle of Britain, the anniversary of which is being observed this week, and this charming wife, Paula, were recently guest at the hospitable and popular Aultguish Inn, on the lonely stretch of the Dhirrie Mhor between Ullapool and Garve, from where the Marshal enjoyed several days of good fishing in the district, in particular as the guest of Mr J. D. Lawrie at Little Gruinard.

25 Years Ago

From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, September 11, 1992

THE first meeting of the Tain Bombing Range Joint Laison Committee was held last week. Representatives from Ross and Cromarty and Sutherland district councils, Highland Regional Council, Tain, Inver and Dornoch community councils met with representatives from the Royal Air Force and the MoD in the first of what are to be regular meetings.

• The Scottish Ambulance Service is proposing to amalgamate stations in Dingwall and Alness by transferring the existing ambulance staff in Alness, who at present all work from their homes, into Dingwall Ambulance Station in order to rationalise services in the area and impress the level of accident and emergency cover. At present, during peak periods, Easter Ross is covered by one-and-a-half crews at Dingwall with the same at Tain and one crew at Alness totalling three double and two single crews Monday to Friday, reducing to three at weekends and nights. However, as these crews are often tasked with routine work their availability for accident and emergency work can be significantly reduced.

• Although losing their opening Marine Harvest Division 1 match 1-3 to Fort William at Castle Leod, Caberfeidh in no manner of means disgraced themselves.     

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