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Dochgarroch maps

Historic maps of Dochgarroch and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Dochgarroch maps

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Memories of Dochgarroch

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It is said that we all have a Guardian Angel, myself and my good friend Jimmy Fraser certainly had one 58 years ago. At a Hallowe'en party in the Dochgarroch hall in 1954 (I was 7 years old), it got a bit stuffy so I went outside for a breath of fresh air. It was a beautiful moonlit night and I strolled slowly over to the lock gates. As I put my foot out to stand on the last flagstone beside the water I heard a voice shout 'ANDY', I turned around but saw no-one. When I turned again to the canal, what I thought was a flagstone was in fact a reflection in the moonlit water, I would have fallen into the canal between the lock gates and wouldn't have stood a chance. Had that voice not shouted, I wouldn't be here today. 55 years later I was told by my lifelong friend, Jimmy, (he was 10 years old at the time) who lived on the top... Read more


I started my schooling at Dochgarroch in 1952. There were two teachers, Miss Melville who taught the 5 to 8 year olds and the Headmistress who taught from 8 years old until we left to go to Secondary School. The Headmistress was Miss Mary MacFadyen, better known as Fadgie, she was a good teacher but very, very strict and it wasn't unusual for a pupil to get his/her hair grabbed and the face shoved into the blackboard for such small demeanours as getting a spelling wrong. Now, 60 years on, if two ex Dochgarroch pupils meet, Fadgie's name is always mentioned. She was fair, but woe betide anyone who failed to insert a comma or full stop in the right place. I have tried in vain to obtain school photos of the 1950s but all to no avail, so if anyone has such photos it would be great if you could upload them.

Inverness-Shire memories

Fraser Families in Muirtown Circa 1720 - 1810

In 1803, a group from the Muirtown area, left Scotland and came to America. Included were - (3)Simon & Elizabeth Fraser & 2 of their children Donald & Mary; AND cousin (2.3.2)John & Mary (McDonald) Fraser & family- Donald, John, & Simon and John's sister Margaret; AND John & Margaret (Fraser) McKenzie & family Donald & Alex.; AND John & Flora (Fraser) Clunas & family; AND Donald D. McKenzie wife & family-William, Donald, John, Margaret & Helen; AND William Fraser (single) AND John McDonald (single) From Muirtown they went out through Moray Firth, around and down to Edinburgh on the Firth of Forth, then overland to Glasgow and finally to Greenock. In July, 1803, after a wait of several weeks in Greenock, they finally sailed in the 'Trapper' for New York City. In 1805, Alex. & Sarah (Ferguson) Fraser and their seven children sailed from Greenock in the "George Buchanan" for New... Read more

Information About Dochgarroch?

I live in Dochgarroch and everythings kinda the same I think, I am trying to find out the history of the place, could anyone give any useful information? The post office is still there and the shop isn't, it used to be open morning, noon and night, but they changed it to a restaurant! Is there any information you can give me?

It Was no Surprise

It was at Insh carnival where my disabled wife and I and our two month old daughter went, simply to spend a few hours from our home village of Inverurie. There were the usual sorts of entertainments such as pipe bands and the tug of war teams and other attractions of which I do not remember too much about: but there is one thing that I will never forget; some woman was to announce on the tanoy that there was going to be a beautiful baby competition; where it was asked if there were any mothers that would like to enter their babies! My wife came up to me and asked if we could enter our daughter Sarah Natasha in the competition? I told her no with a capital (N) meaning absolutely not! My wife asked me why was I so against our daughter being entered into the competition. I told her that even though I knew our daughter was beautiful, there were other mothers and fathers... Read more


Inverernie lies within the boundaries of Farr and Strathnairn. I remember when people used to call Inverernie by its correct name and not the misspelt 'Inverarnie'. The shop also used to have the correct spelling on display.

However, the biggest change has been the number of new houses which has gone up in recent years. Inverernie used to be good farm land, but now it has plenty of houses with new families coming into the Strath (which is mostly welcomed). Inverernie continues to grow, who knows how big it will become.

Clach Eile Air A'chairn

After many years, I came once more to Kiltarlity and saw again the post office, where my late father and his brother grew up. Robert, the elder, became the post master and lived there until his death. Donald, my father, left at the age of 14 to join the Royal Engineers as a boy soldier of 14 years of age. After 32 years' service, and with both an MC and an MBE, he retired as an acting Lieutenant Colonel and staff officer, Scottish Command.

You see, there was not enough money in the days after World War 1 for my grandmother, a widow whose husband had died in action with the Seaforth's on the Somme, to feed two hungry young mouths.

I saw again the Tomnacross School, where Robert had been beaten like a dog for daring to speak Gaelic.

And I stood in the churchyard to see the grave of my cousin, Donald, named after my father and husband of June, who became, after the... Read more

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