Published: 02/03/2014 08:00 - Updated: 24/02/2014 12:09

Reflections from Ross-shire


This picture is of passengers in a car being waved off by, possibly, the owner and some staff from the Gairloch Hotel. The date is unknown. Picture courtesy of Gairloch Heritage Museum
This picture is of passengers in a car being waved off by, possibly, the owner and some staff from the Gairloch Hotel. The date is unknown. Picture courtesy of Gairloch Heritage Museum

88 Years Ago

Friday, 26th February, 1926

THE REV THOMAS KERR, Avoch, has been nominated president of the Scottish Congregational Church Union.

• Seasonable, even spring-like weather has been an almost daily occurrence in Ross-shire during the past week.

• A native of Loch Broom, Superintendent John Macleod, has been appointed Chief of the Clydebank Police Division in Glasgow.

• Dingwall and Muir of Ord, who head the Dingwall and District Whist League Table with six points each, defeated Strathpeffer and Conon respectively in recent matches.

• Aberdeen University is to confer the Degree of Doctor of Divinity on the Rev John Somerled Macdonald, MA, Sefton Park Presbyterian Church, Liverpool. He is a son of the late Rev D C Macdonald, MA, Free Church, Kilmuir Easter.

• The Rev A Ross, BD, Burghead, son of Mr Ross, late gardener at The Castle, Dingwall, has received a Call from the congregation of St Columba Free Church, Aberdeen.

• Mrs Catherine Macrae (75), a widow, was killed and her son Donald and granddaughter Annabella, severely injured in an explosion at their home in Loggie in the Parish of Loch Broom. The house was completely destroyed in the fire which followed.

• At a meeting of the Easter Ross Farmers’ Club, Mr Finlay Munro, Rockfield, president, presented the Highland Agricultural Society Medal and Certificate to Mr David Christie, Ardmore, Edderton, who had been thirty years in the employment of Mr Cran.

• The Psalmody Class, which was held in Culbokie Public School during the winter by Mr W Campbell, Conon Bridge, was brought to a close on Wednesday. Mr Campbell was presented with a handsome upholstered armchair. Mr Ross, Ryefield, presided, and Mr John Mackenzie, Duncanston, made the presentation. Mr Jack, Culnagower, also spoke.

44 Years Ago

Friday, 27th February, 1970

OBITUARIES: Annie Christie, 14 Market Square, Alness, wife of the late John A Fraser, retired stationmaster. At Old Caithness Road, Helmsdale, Ellen Dick McNicol, wife of Robert Mackay, Navidale House Hotel. At Strathburn Home, Gairloch, Margaret Graham, widow of Roderick Mackenzie, Achiltibuie. John (Ian) Maclean, who emigrated from Balnacra, Strathcarron, fifty years ago, died in New Mexico, USA. At 25 Melbourne Avenue, Slough, Roderick MacReadie (Roddy), husband of Agnes Fraser. At 143 Warriston Street, Glasgow, Marion Eliza Paterson, wife of Murdo Mackenzie, mother of Pat. Jessie Macrae, 1 Finlayson Street, Fearn, wife of the late James Munro, mother of Helen and Harold. Jeannie A K Harley, wife of the late William Clyde Leggatt (Vimy Ridge), Port Gordon. Isabella Campbell Fraser, wife of the late Colin Robertson, Achonochie, and The Cottage, East Drive, Fairburn, Muir of Ord.

• Messrs W Lind and Sons, contractors, are proceeding with alterations to the slipway of the Kyle-Kyleakin Ferry at Kyle at a cost of £57,000. The work is to be completed in the next month or two in order that the slip can accommodate the new ferry boat coming into operation.

• HRH Princess Margaret is to open the Festival of the Countryside at Gairloch, on Monday, May 11. The festival has been devised by the Highlands and Islands Development Board as a major contribution to the Scottish Programme for European Conservation Year 1970. It is being promoted by the board in association with the Wester Ross Area Tourist Organisation.

• Buckie Thistle FC were no match for Ross County on Saturday, and by half time County were four goals up, and by full time another six had followed. The County marksmen were Ian Greig (11 minutes); Jack Lornie (34); MacArthur (36, 46, 55); Jim Hosie (39), John Buchanan (68,85); Dod Kryzanowski (71) and Ian Davidson (89).

• Mr William S Wylie, inspector at the head office branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland, has been appointed assistant manager of the Dingwall Branch.

• Although one of the coldest nights of the year affected the attendance at the ceilidh in the Lower Town Hall, Dingwall, organised by the Dingwall Branch of An Comunn Gaidhealach, the enthusiasts who turned out were treated to one of the best programmes in years. Making his first appearance as Fear-an-Tighe was Mr A J Macrae, Drumsmittal Schoolhouse, who proved himself extremely able for the role. The artistes included Mr John D Burgess, one of Scotland’s foremost pipers; Rhona Mackenzie, Contin; Janet Campbell, Inverness, runner-up for the Gold Medal at the Aviemore Mod; Mrs MacBeath, Cromarty; Mr Charlie Bulloch, Muir of Ord; Mr Hector Mackenzie, Munlochy; and Mr Alex Mackenzie, Garve.

• The "Fit for Role" Inspection of C Company of the 51st Highland Volunteers was carried out by Brigadier Frank Coutts, Divisional Brigadier, and a former Scotland rugby international. Among those attending were Cpl Richard (Dickie) Lumby, 3 Mackay Square, Dingwall; Cpl George Groat, 20 Station Road, Munlochy; Alexander Mackenzie, 10 Macrae Crescent, Dingwall; Cpl Victor Mackenzie, 15 Mackay Square, Dingwall; and Pipe Major Kenny MacGregor, Tain.

• Mrs Dawson, who is perhaps better known as Nancy Reid in journalistic circles, gave a racy account of her career to members of the Dingwall Book Club.

• Representatives of Fortrose and Rosemarkie, Invergordon, Muir of Ord, Strathpeffer Spa and Tain Golf Clubs agreed to form a Golf Association for the County of Ross and Cromarty, to be known as the RGA. Office-bearers appointed were: Hon president, Mr Michael Burns, Fortrose and Rosemarkie; hon vice-president, Mr Hugh Munro, Tain; hon secretary, Mr Denis Mackay, Muir of Ord; and hon treasurer, Mr David Robertson, Muir of Ord.

• The Ross-shire Schools Basketball Tournament took place at Dingwall Academy. Nine teams took part in three sections representing Plockton, Invergordon, Fortrose, Avoch, Tarradale and Dingwall. Final placings: Senior Secondary winners, Fortrose; Senior Secondary Under 15, Invergordon Academy; Junior Secondary, Tarradale. Certificates were presented by Mr R M Inglis, director of education.

22 Years Ago

Friday, 28th February, 1992

ROSS COUNTY FC and Inverness Caley seem on course again this season for a joust at the TSB Highland League Championship title, holding as they do third and fourth places on the league table. Caley are in third place by virtue of a better goal average, but both are within nodding distance of table-toppers Cove Rangers and Huntly. On Saturday, County defeated Inverness Thistle 4-1 at Dingwall, their goal scorers being Johnston Bellshaw, Brian Grant (2) and Alan Duff.

• Ross Sutherland Rugby Club has reformed its Under-18 section, which opened its games programme with two tough games in the same weekend. Their first encounter was with Caithness at Invergordon, drawing a keenly contested game 6-6. The second encounter was against Inverness Royal Academy, who were confident winners.

• The Tain Collegiate Church celebrated the 500th anniversary of its foundation. In the year1482 when Christopher Columbus set sail for America, the Church in Tain, which housed the relics of St Duthac received confirmation from the Pope that it had been given the status of a Collegiate Church, thus firmly establishing it as one of the most popular centres of pilgrimage in Scotland, the King himself, James IV making annual visits until his death at Flodden in 1513.

• Hugh Miller’s birthplace at Cromarty has a new Curator in succession to Miss Mary Fyfe, who has retired after fifteen years in charge of the picturesque National Trust property, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. At a simple ceremony in the forecourt of the thatched cottage, Miss Fyfe handed over the key to the property to Mrs Frieda Gostwick, who has taken over the post of curator.

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