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The Invergordon Archive

A Local Scene
The Invergordon Archive
A Local Scene

The Chimney sweep visiting the Ship Hotel.
Picture added on 18 April 2004
I wonder when the name changed to Ship Inn? It is certainly the same building on Shore Road. The next house is Harbour House, still existing, but the third house was demolished.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 18 September 2005
The 3rd house would have been Hec Macrae's family home on the corner of Bank Street and Hugh Miller Street. The western end of Ferry Row was right opposite Hec's house and backs on to Hugh Miller Street; there were other houses to the east of Hec's, maybe 2? The tall building in the background is the Caley bar/hotel. Hec's garden would have backed on to Lottie Clark's property on Outram Street. The house on the east side of Lottie was where I was born, either number 1 or 2 Broadford Cottage, (address numbers have changed since then). The house belonged to my granny and granddad Bessie & Jimmy Hendry; Jimmy worked in security in the dockyard for 38 years.

I believe Hec was an excellent gardener and produced some superb vegetables, especially leeks.
Added by Eddie Malicki on 30 August 2015
That's right Eddie, couple of houses side by side, one side was occupied by Alecy Naig, another elderly gentleman lived in the other, but his name escapes me at the moment. I recall your grandparents, and wasn't there a Margaret too? worked at the picture house?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 30 August 2015
The name of the other elderly gentleman has just come back to my memory. His name was Doig..
Added by Harry O'Neill on 30 August 2015
Hi Eddie, thank you for your comment on my father Hec Macrae's house, I haven't seen that photo before. The house that I was born in. It is a pity it was demolished. My father kept a lovely garden. I knew your own family very well. Very nice people.
Added by Muriel Macrae on 30 August 2015
Hi Muriel, Harry and site admin, there has been a lot of interesting comments and photos on this site, long may it continue.

Muriel, I remember a number of us young lads used to help to load the naafi boats and sometimes the skippers would take us out to the war ships, a great adventure for us in those days (no health and safety then).

Harry, I remember Alecy Naig and Doig, was Alecy a carpenter to trade? (could be getting mixed up with someone else), seem to remember him telling me stories about some of the big old houses he worked in during his working life.

You asked about Margaret, she did indeed work in the picture house as an usherette for a time, she had various jobs in the south as a housekeeper and ended up as a domestic in Invergordon Hospital for many years, she never married and stayed with her parents. Other siblings were Betty, my mother, John "Jock" and Donnie "Docky", Donnie is the only surviving member of the family and lives with his wife Vida in Tain, " a sprightly couple", he will be 90 in December.
Added by Eddie Malicki on 01 September 2015
Hi Eddie, yes you are correct, Alecy was a carpenter. When I had carpentry projects at school with Bill Smith, I used to get my wood from Alecy, usually Oregon Pine. I remember Margaret working in the ticket booth at the picture house, always a very pleasant lady.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 01 September 2015
Hi Eddie
I remember your grandparents well, also your mother and Margaret. If you look up picture #1200 Margaret is 6th from left in 2nd back row next to my sister Mary Margaret Hawkins.
Your daughter looked me up last year when I was a patient in Raigmore hospital. She is a caring nurse.
I thought that your grandparents lived next door to the Bodells and that Doig lived across the street from Lottie Clark.
Added by Catherine MacKenzie (nee Clark) on 02 September 2015
Hi Catherine, you are correct, my grandparents did live next to the Bodells, not sure about Doig living across from Lottie though.

I remember your parents well, in fact we might have met in their house when I was doing some work for them (I was a carpenter to trade), that was many years ago.

Going back to Doig, my parents Betty and Max lived in a house on the same side of the road, from 1947 to about 1950, they then moved up to 142a High Street, opposite Taylors garage (used to be the Cosy Corner Café), my father spent many years refurbishing the house.
Added by Eddie Malicki on 03 September 2015
Hi Eddie
I made a mistake about Doig. The man across the road from Lottie Clark was called Rod.
Added by Catherine MacKenzie (nee Clark) on 03 September 2015
Think Alistair Maclellan lived next door to the Ship hotel.
Added by Gordon Will on 03 September 2015
Hi Gordon, yes he did. Alistair still lives in Invergordon.

Re Doig, he moved up to Clyde St across from the lane that went up to Strachans and the school, due to his place on Hugh Millar being condemned.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 September 2015
Hi Harry, that house in Clyde St is where I remember Doig. I remeber him as always being dressed in dark tweed type material trousers, a waistcoat and the shirt with the collar stud but no collar and the thin metal rimmed glasses and of course a fob watch on the waistcoat. I was a very young lad but he always seemed to me to be a kindly, gentle old chap.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 04 September 2015
Hi Graham, yes you describe Doig to a tee, just as I remember him. I often wondered what he did for a living.
Everyone knew him and yes he was a friendly man.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 05 September 2015
"Those were the days when I used to live in King Street". I remember Alecy Ross when he lived just along from Hec Macrae's house; he moved next door to us above the Caley (into Lil and Jimmy Dempsey's old house) and next door on the other side was Mrs Macdonald (Dooker, Cathy etc mother). There was a path through our garden into Mr Bodell's garden and also into the big garden which was used by the residents in Ferry Row to hang their washing. What mischief we used to get up to with our cousins who lived across the road (Westphals).
Added by Yvonne Gallacher (Maclennan) on 14 September 2015
The Ship Inn used to be called Paulin's Inn. My great great great grandfather, George Paulin was the Innkeeper there in the 1881 Census. His son, James Paulin took over when George died in 1882. In 1887 James drowned in the harbour opposite the Inn. (I'm still trying to find out whether or not it was an accident) After his death, James' uncle (George's brother), The Reverend George Paulin, changed the name to The Ship Inn and sold it in 1893 to an Alexander MacAndie.
Added by Marc on 30 September 2017
Hi Marc it is lovely to get the latest history of The Ship in. The last tlme I was in it was when Tom and Mahri Macleod lived there with their son Duncan. I used to go to his birthday parties. They were a lovely family. Duncan still lives in Invergordon.
Added by Muriel Macrae on 04 October 2017
Hi Muriel, I remember Tom and Mairi, also their wedding. Was Mairi's maiden name Macdonald and did she live above the Caley?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 October 2017
Hi Harry, yes she lived above the Caley. I can remember when me and my friend Kathleen Ross used to babysit for Yvonne Macleannans mam and dad who also lived there. They used to go to the pictures House. I think her dads name was Sandy if l remember right.
Added by Muriel Macrae on 05 October 2017
My Aunt & Uncle Frank & Norma (Lamb) Jackson owned this property in the 1970/80s. I loved it for its quirky layout. So far I've not managed to re-visit as a restaurant, but it has quite a good reputation.
Added by Jillian on 18 December 2017
Hi Gillian I remember Norma and Frank, I used to hang about with her sister Maureen. We used to have a signing group going. A bit of rock and roll. We thought we were the bees knees..Great fun.
Added by Mamuriel on 18 December 2017
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