Published: 18/06/2017 14:00 - Updated: 18/06/2017 07:13

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


All the pupils at Torridon Primary School gather for a class photograph. The picture was taken in the 1990s.
All the pupils at Torridon Primary School gather for a class photograph. The picture was taken in the 1990s.

100 Years Ago


From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, June 15, 1917

BRAHAN – Death of Well Known Farmer – Much regret was expressed by a wide circle of friends last week at the death of a well-known farmer, Mr George Stewart, Bogbain. His family was one of the oldest on the Brahan estate, his ancestors having come there from Wigtownshire about 300 years ago, and were continuously employed on the estate.

Along with his brother Alexander, for many years a loyal retainer in the Seaforth family, deceased was joint tenant for many years of Bogbain Farm. He leaves a widow and a family of four sons and three daughters to mourn his loss. One of his sons, Kenneth, was in the 2nd Seaforths, and was killed at Hill 60 last year. Much sympathy was expressed for his loss.

The Rev Gordon Moore, B.D., lately inducted parish minister at Cromarty, has been presented by St Stephen’s congregation, Inverness, where he was minister for two years, with a fine Chippendale cabinet, a case of silver fish forks, knives and carvers, and a cheque for £20.

Golf is being kept up at Alness, and new members are being enrolled, some of whom are still in earlier or agricultural stages of the game, says a correspondent.

75 Years Ago

From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, June 12, 1942

THE Alness Salvage Committee, from their recent sale of waste paper, have donated £10 to Mrs Churchill’s “Aid to Russia” fund and £11 15s to the Royal Northern Infirmary. A collection of old iron and rubber tyres is to be made soon. To aid collection, the committee will be grateful to all in and around Alness if they would notify Mr Abernethy of any scrap material they may have.

Grdsmn. Alexander Macdonald, Scots Guards, on leave, is son of Mr Alexander Macdonald, Culbin, Dingwall. A member of a well-known sheep farming family, Grdsmn Macdonald, himself followed the trade and was at one time shepherd at Lochmaree. A brother, who joined the Air Force, has been released and is now employed on important Government work.

About 3 a.m. yesterday morning, the Dingwall A.F.S. received a call from Woodlands, Strathpeffer. A faulty fireplace has caused the surrounding woodwork to ignite and the room was filled with smoke and flames when the Brigade was summoned. Meantime, Services personnel in the area, immediately attacked the outbreak with stirrup pumps and soon had the fire under control. The damage is not very extensive.

Mr Mitchell at the age of 72 years, and Mrs Mitchell, 74, are both hale and hearty and carrying out their duties daily. Mr Mitchell was a well-known piper in his day. For 15 years he was a piper in the Volunteers and for a period was coachman-piper to the late Captain Macleod of Cadboll at Invergordon Castle.

50 Years Ago

From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, June 16, 1967

THE shock, and somewhat puzzling news, in Northern football circles last week, was the appointment of Mr Frank Thomson to the board of directors of Greenock Morton Football Club, who won the Second Division Championship last season, and will be playing in the First Division next season.

As a result of this appointment, Mr Thomson has to resign as chairman of the present Ross County set-up, which he did so much to establish some eight years ago, when a limited company was launched by a group of supporters.

However, he has made it clear that he is not deserting Ross County, for he feels he can be of service to Morton and at the same time benefit County.

The best wishes of her many friends in and around Contin accompany Mrs Betty Mackay, and her young son and daughter, who left Dingwall on Tuesday for Canada, where she will make her new home with her elder son in Toronto. Mrs Mackay, the widow of the former estate carpenter of Coul Estate, was for several years caretaker of Contin Hall, and before leaving the district was presented with handsome gifts for her good work there throughout the years.

25 Years Ago

From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, June 12, 1992

THE children of Park Primary, Invergordon, along with their teachers, Mrs Catherine Mackay and Mrs Fiona Oag, have just published their book – Invergordon – a Town at War.

This follows the show of the same name which they put on at the Town Hall in March and is the culmination of a project on World War II undertaken by the class.

Over the past few months they have been busy interviewing older residents of the town about events and experiences such as The Home Front, the local Seaforths at St Valery, the Polish camp, flying boats, the Navy and he day Invergordon was bombed.

The dramatic three-fold increase in the number of cruise liners expected to call at Invergordon this year will afford real business opportunities for the public. That was the positive message to emerge this week during a meeting of Ross and Cromarty development services committee.

Highland Regional Council’s education committee has responded to significantly increased numbers attending Scotsburn Primary School, East Ross, by removing the threat of closure.

And committee members have given the school a further shot in the arm by upgrading the school from Primary 1-5 to Primary 1-7 status. This will take effect from the start of the new season in August.

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