Published: 10/09/2017 15:00 - Updated: 08/09/2017 11:12

Ross-shire Journal old files from 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago


The old Kessock Ferry with dark clouds in the background. Picture courtesy of Tony Innes.
The old Kessock Ferry with dark clouds in the background. Picture courtesy of Tony Innes.
100 Years Ago


From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, September 7, 1917

THE following extract from a private letter written by a private in the Cameron Highlanders to friends in Ross-shire gives a good idea of the spirits of our men at the front: “I hope fortune favours us until this dreadful war is finished. I have often tried to describe what it is really like out here, but words fail me entirely. Where I am at present all is quiet and peaceful, the landscape is a rich mixture of bright green and yellow, the cattle browsing on the pasture land and we can hear the whirr of the reaper.

All goes to denote peace. High overhead is another whirr, but it is quite different from the first; it is one of our ever watchful air service looking out and keeping guard lest this peaceful scene may be disturbed; while again some miles further forward is the never-ending roar of the guns, the ceaseless stream of traffic, and the martial tramp of men’s feet, as they come and go from the trenches – all going to denote war.”

• Harvest work in Easter Ross has been resumed after the storm. In some cases of light crops the corn will rise again, but in some others even wheat is so flattened that it will have to be lifted. In some scything is resorted to, and in some the reaper will work in one direction only. On every farm there is loss and additional expenses.

75 Years Ago

From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, September 4, 1942

CASTLE Leod and grounds, Strathpeffer, will be opened to the public on Saturday, 12th September. The proceeds will go to the funds in aid of the Queen’s Institution of District Nursing Association on the mainland of Ross and Cromarty. There is much to interest the people at Castle Leod. The home of the Cromartie family is very ancient.

It is supposed to have been built in the 14th century, but some authorities contend that it is the 12th century. For the occasion, Viscountess Tarbat is also organising an “Old Curiosity Shop” in which will be exhibited numerous relics of former times. There is also to be a Children’s Theatre, which will provide popular entertainment. Foretelling the future is another attraction.

• Notice is given by advertisement today, of the removal of unnecessary railing in most of the principal streets in Dingwall. The work of removal will start on Monday, September 14. Owners of property should read the full terms of the announcement.

50 Years Ago

From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, September 8, 1967

AN assurance has been given by the main contractor, Messrs Alex. Morrison, Ltd, Tain, that the new Academy at Invergordon will be ready for occupation on the date stated – 15th December this year. The Director of Education, Mr Ronald Macdonald, stated at this week’s meeting of the Education Committee that access to the school would be given by the middle of December for the change-over to be completed by the end of the month. A janitor will shortly be appointed for the new Academy. The present janitor will continue in his post as the existing building will be utilised for primary school and library purposes.

• On Friday, 18th August, a party of Scouts left Avoch with their Leader, Mr D. J. Patience, bound for the Edinburgh Tattoo. Travelling by train, the boys spent the week-end in the Scout Hostel, “Hermitage of Braids,” in Morningside. After a day of shopping and sightseeing, they attended the Tattoo on a glorious evening. On Sunday they joined in the Service at in St. Giles, thereafter travelling to Burntisland, where they visited the bathing pool before proceeding to the shipyard, where they saw two ships being built and a third being fitted out. They were then entertained to tea by a friend, before returning to Edinburgh.

25 Years Ago

From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, September 4, 1992

AT the beginning of the session 1992

93 the roll of Dingwall Academy stands at 1109 against last session’s 1056, the increase due to the largest intake of S1 for several years which has meant the creation of an extra first year class.

Among the 241 first year pupils there are seven sets of twins and not to be outdone the fifth year has a set of triplets.

• Cromarty and Resolis Ladies Lifeboat Guild raised a record breaking £1500 at their annual sale which was opened in the Victoria Hall last week by Cape Horn solo canoeist Rebecca Ridgway.

• Over 600 signatures were collected last week in an attempt to highlight concern over a late night dance at the Averon Leisure Centre, Alness, which campaigners described as a “rave”.

• For the first 45 minutes of their Highland League match with aspiring champions Huntly, at Victoria Park, Dingwall, Ross County produced smooth, silky football, which had their opponents sometimes floundering desperately in their wake as they picked holes in the Huntly defence and moved into position with consummate ease and dexterity.

Gordon Connelly (penalty), Jamie Macpherson and Sandy MacLeod scored for County in a 3-2 win.

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