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The Invergordon Archive

Gilbert Ross's Shop
The Invergordon Archive
Gilbert Ross's Shop

Gilbert Ross's old shop boarded up. See also picture #616.
Picture added on 13 February 2005
I had totally forget about this!! I was about ten but I remember being really impressed with the pictures. I wonder who did them!
Added by Emma on 13 February 2005
This is the shop many locals bought their parafin from in the 1950s. Many times I struggled home with a gallon. The shop always had a particular smell as the wooden floor was treated with preservatives. I remember one of the town's bachelors (Frank?) often served the parafin. He was very shy and had a stutter but even as a kid I could tell he was a very kind but sad figure.
Added by Bill Geddes on 16 February 2005
Yes, remember this shop - remember being sent for paraffin and batteries for our old radio which had to be charged up in the shop and being served by Frank.
Added by Daniel Macdonald on 09 May 2005
Norma, Alex Young and Graham Mitchell painted these. The community association had a Grotto in Appel's old shop on High Street and as Gilbert Ross's was up for sale and all boarded up it was decided to give it a face lift.
Added by Noreen Kelman on 05 June 2005
Appel being the watchmaker who had a shop behind the furniture shop up the High Street (we lived above it in 1961) and had 2 daughters Heather and ? Mackay. Heather was in the bakers for years after school.
Added by Keith Varnham on 14 August 2005
Gilbert Ross was my Uncle Tom's uncle. Gilbert's family owned a large ironmongers in Inverness, and Tommie Ross ran the Invergordon branch until the 1950s.
Added by Jet Andrews (Robb) on 21 September 2005
Keith, Mr Appel's youngest daughter was called Gerlinde. I saw her wedding photo in the P&J earlier this year! She married a guy from Nairn. I used to love going into Mr Appel's shop! I think he pierced my ears the first time I got them done!!
Added by Anon on 22 September 2005
I used to work in Tommy Ross's shop. We sold paraffin and methylated spirits for the pressure lamps. We also sold carbide for the cycle lamps and we also stocked blasting powder in the back store. Behind the shop was a large wooden shed or hut in which the linoleum and other flooring material was kept. I remember Frank, he always wore a black overall coat. I remmber having to go along Saltburn Road and to the Cottages servicing the valor paraffin stoves, also laying the lino in some of the houses.
Talking about the Cottages, is the gunpost (concrete) still at the bottom of the Cottages hill?
About charging the wet batteries, can't remember that we used to take them to Taylors garage to be charged. Maybe they started after I left in approx 1947.
Added by Douglas Will on 23 February 2006
Bill, I am 74 this year. I left home in 1950 on National Service and ended up staying in the army. I used to come back to Inverg on leave but spent most of my time overseas. The family finally left Invergordon round about 1958, I think, and moved to Fife. The family are now spread all over the world. Mother died in 1973. Derek married a girl from Fort William and moved to New Zealand, Stewart married a girl from Australia as did Norman, Gordon married a girl from Boston Lincs, Jimmy married a girl from Fife and Logan married a girl from Glasgow. Don't know if you knew any of them.
Added by Douglas Will on 24 February 2006
Douglas, I am curious to know how old you are! Given that you left Tommy Ross when I was 5 years old, you must have been around for some time! I remember the Will family but I don't think I knew any of you well.
Added by Bill Geddes on 24 February 2006
Gilbert Ross was related to my mam's granny (mam being Sheila Burgess, nee Ross). We used to go to the shop quite often for a visit and I remember being told not to TOUCH anything!!
Added by Margaret Aburn on 04 May 2006
Gilbert Ross Ironmongers was a busy place in the 40s and 50s, shame to see it boarded up. Has it been occupied since? or still vacant...I too remember the paraffin lamps and heaters and the aroma in the shop. I remember Frank very well, he was always mentioned fondly by my grand-parents and anyone else that came in contact with him on the job....
Added by Harry on 24 December 2006
My stepfather, a much liked 'gentleman', Angus Mackenzie, worked in this shop for many years. I too remember Frank, he was not a 'sad figure' at all - just a very private and religious man. He lived in the Salson Hotel, next door 'but one' to the 'Bisset Hotel'.
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 11 January 2007
Harry, it's actually demolished now and the new building in it's place houses a bookies, wine lodge and the Post Office!!
Added by Jillian B on 11 January 2007
This is where we bought our fishing lines and hooks. Then off down to the pontoon. No fancy rods then - those were the days.
Added by Gordon Will on 28 February 2010
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