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The Invergordon Archive

Newmore House
The Invergordon Archive
Newmore House

Newmore House, on the Scotsburn Road, is a Care Home for the recovering mentally ill. It was thought to have been built sometime between 1845 and 1875 and contain some stone from the ruins of the old castle some 400 yards down the road.
Picture added on 29 November 2008
I have only seen this house from the road, what a beautifully proportioned building.
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 29 November 2008
During the late 40s, 50s and possibly into the 60s I think, Newmore House was owned by Captain Oswald RN. His son became Admiral Sir Julian Oswald, 1st Sea Lord. Margaret Reid was the housekeeper and lived with her daughter Agnes and old Alec the gardener in the gardener's cottage.
I visited an old friend of mine, who was also my best man, recuperating there about four years ago, and what a lovely old house it was.
Added by Rod Bell on 30 November 2008
Captain George Oswald was my grandfather and Julian Oswald is my father. Peter David Oswald was his brother and George's only other son. My grandfather died in the 70s and the house was sold after that. I do remember Margaret Reid well, as well as Agnes and Alec. We used to spend summer and Christmas holidays there when I was a child. It has probably been totally remodelled, but the tower you see at the front could only be accessed by a steep ladder-type staircase and was the realm of pirates and Peter Pans. There was an old tiger skin hanging on the wall of the stairs that used to terrify us, and a fantastic gong in the hall that we usually weren’t allowed to ring.
I also remember the circular drive that passes right round the house, at the back there were woodsheds and all sorts of outbuildings. As the drive headed back towards the gate you went past the chicken run, the garage (replete with WWII gas masks) and Margaret’s cottage. The old castle on the other side of the road was out of bounds. There was a fantastic view from the top of tower out over the fields of what used to be Newmore Farm and on down to the Cromarty Firth. Happy Days!
Added by Tim Oswald on 04 June 2010
It is a very good picture. I do not know who the photographer was but she has got the dominant characer of the building splendidly.
Added by Julian Oswald on 06 June 2010
Any information about the 'old castle' some 400 yards down the road?

Added by Rona Thomson on 12 June 2010
Rona, there is a bit about it on this link en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munro_of_Milntown
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 13 June 2010
Some information can be found here: www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/search_item/index.php?service=RCAHMS&id=13769,

here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newmore_Castle

or here: her.highland.gov.uk/hbsmrgatewayhighland/DataFiles/NewReports/NewmoreWB2008.pdf
Added by Tim Oswald on 20 June 2010
I remember visiting Newmore House about 43 years ago as a child and I also remember the tiger skin on the floor in the drawing room and all the rooms upstairs where there were top hats in the wardrobes. I visited in spring when garden was full of daffodils.
Added by Jane on 09 March 2014
Is it still the same people that own in from 2009? I know it’s now not running as a care home.
Added by Lynn on 24 February 2019
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