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Inverness / Re: Inverness Provost
« on: Friday 22 February 13 21:28 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Abrach

Here's a photo of James Cameron, Town Clerk in 1937 from "Old Inverness in pictures" published by Inverness Field Club.

Best wishes

Inverness / Re: Inverness Provost
« on: Thursday 21 February 13 21:30 GMT (UK)  »
Hi there

This may be a wee bit too recent for your research, but a James Cameron was for many, many years a well-respected councillor for the Dalneigh area of Inverness. The local Community Centre in Dalneigh is named after him.

I'm not sure when he was born, but I believe he served in World War 2, so would imagine he was born around 1910s-1920s.

Hope this helps!

« on: Thursday 07 February 13 17:54 GMT (UK)  »
I'm probably just going to confuse things further ....

I've got ancestors from Gairloch parish in Wester Ross whose surnames appeared as "Campbell or McIver" in OPRs and statutory records in the early/mid 19th century. I thought it was odd that the family concerned didn't seem to know what their surname was! However I later discovered that the Campbells from the Gairloch area apparently used the surname McIver to distinguish themselves from other Campbells in other areas of the country.

Just a thought!

Inverness / Re: 1a Leachkin Road, Inverness
« on: Tuesday 14 August 12 19:42 BST (UK)  »
Hi Jean

Just to confirm what Monica found - an ancestor of mine was known to have died in Craig Dunain Hospital in 1955 (she had dementia). However when I checked her death entry she's listed as dying at "1a Leachkin Road" and the causes of death are listed as diabetes, arteriosclerosis and pneumonia - there's no mention of the hospital or her dementia!

Best wishes

Inverness / Re: old buinesses in inverness
« on: Sunday 24 June 12 19:01 BST (UK)  »
Hi Raggyroo

I came across the following entry from the Edinburgh Gazette in 1973

I also checked an old Inverness phone book from 1987 - there is only one Munn listed in Inverness, an A Munn of Delnies Road, so Munn looks like an unusual name for the area.

Hope this helps

Inverness / Re: 1851 Census MIA: Hugh Fraser, b. 2Mar1783 Kirkhill & Mary McTavish ??
« on: Wednesday 25 January 12 18:37 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Jessie

I'm not sure if the following is of any real help, but here goes!

I do have McTavishes in my family tree and some of them settled in the Kirkhill area (at Lentran to be more precise) in the mid 1800s. My McTavishes originated from the Boleskine/Dores/Farraline area - could your Mary McTavish have come from here too? I have wondered what attracted my ancestors to Lentran - perhaps they already had relatives in the area?

I found the cause of Janet Bethel Donaldson's death intriguing as well as gruesome. I have found a strong suggestion that there is a family history of diabetes in my McTavish ancestors. My McTavish grandmother had type 1 diabetes (she relied on insulin injections). I've found quite a few other McTavishes who were blind (a recognised complication of diabetes) or who died of gangrene (again a recognised complication of untreated or poorly controlled diabetes). One of my McTavish ancestors from Lentran died in her 40s of "acute gangrene of the right arm and left leg". Could diabetes have been responsible for Janet's gangrene too?

Best of luck with your searches!

Inverness / Re: Inverness (?) Public Baths
« on: Monday 25 July 11 17:13 BST (UK)  »
Hi Jane

The changing cubicles (which were just about big enough for one!) did open on to the pool. As you entered, with the pool directly in front of you, there were cubicles all along the left hand side (for ladies) and along the right hand side for gents. The cubicles were made of dark wood with "saloon-style" doors.

But woe betide anyone who tried to get straight into the pool without first using the footbaths at the shallow end!

I found a pic on Am Baile, but it only shows the front of the building:

I can almost smell the chlorine again!

Inverness / Re: Inverness (?) Public Baths
« on: Sunday 24 July 11 18:58 BST (UK)  »
Hi Jane

The public baths were in Glebe Street, Inverness, next to the riverside. On Google Maps Streetview there's just a pile of rubble where they used to be (not sure if anything else has been built on the site yet).

As far as I remember the baths were just past the entrance hall/pay kiosk and beyond the baths and up a flight of steps was the swimming pool.

Ah, you've brought back memories of being taught to swim by Mr Dyce (he was there for so long I think he taught most of Inverness to swim!).

Ross & Cromarty / Re: John McCurchie of Fearn
« on: Monday 30 May 11 19:59 BST (UK)  »
Hi Azmara

In George Black's "Surnames of Scotland", McCurchie is listed as being a variant of MacMurchie. McCurchie doesn't seem to have an entry of its own.

If the writing in the register is difficult to decipher, another possibility could be the surname MacCulloch which is quite common in the Fearn area - just a thought!

Hope this helps

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