Fort William memories
I with my mum, sisters and brother moved to Fort William on the 19th of February 1978, from Hove. What a culture shock! The sun shone down on us for 2 days and then it was typical Fort William weather after that. The only good thing was the scenery. We had a good view of Ben Nevis from our windows. The down side was that I missed all my cousins and aunts and uncles who still lived in Shoreham and Steyning.
Memories of Inverness-Shire
Just A Kid
was just a kid growing up, i was 8 when i left but i will always remember how awesom inverlochy was my grandparents lived on 1 montose avenue and we spent a lot of time there, years have passed but the beauty still remains, i hope to come home soon.
My mother, Betty Scott, later Betty Randalls, lived in a tiny cottage on the main road in Onich. She was a foster child and I believe looked after a gentleman in the cottage. She had friends called Kitty and Ruth and she also talked about "Blind Kirsty". She lived for a most of her childhood in Ochtertyre Estate at The Saughs with Christine Hunter McKay whom she called "Auntie" (on Lt Colonel Dundas'estate). I am interested to hear from anyone who had any connections with Mum. Mum is 91 now but has dementia - although she can still recall happy days about Onich and Ochtertyre. (Joyce Rawlings, daughter June 2011)
I did a milk roundin Kinlochleven for 4 yrs delivering for Mr and Mrs McCallum, they had a small holding in Keppenoch Onich. I have tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with family members, son Douglas [Dougie] and daughter Jen without success, calling as recently as April of this year. The bungalow built by Dougie appears to be derelict. It is situated on the road side just around the corner from the turning to the small holding, on the right hand side of the road journeying to Fort-William. Can someone help me get in touch with the family please? Norma O'Donnell [nee Barry]
Memories of Invergarry
While living in Helensburgh, Scotland, I met and married a handsome blue eyed gentle man from Invergarry. Shortly after we moved there to live in a council house with his two children from a previous marriage. Soon we were a family of six, having the first twins born in the village in forty years, cause for celebration. Do you remember Invergarry when we had a gathering at New Year's, spilling from house to house, eating wonderful foods and drinking each other's Best Wishes, and Jock McIntyre shooting his rifle at midnight. Do you remember Invergarry Hotel and Glengarry Castle Hotel, and my hard work in your dining rooms and receptions and kitchens? Do you remember Invergarry Presbyterian Church, my playing the organ and our choir singing at Christmas? Do you remember Invergarry School, my cleaning your classrooms and toilets? Do you remember Invergarry my son's funeral when all of you gathered to give us heart. Do you remember the happy times of soccer up in the... Read more
Life in Cannich And Fasnakyle
My family and I moved from Elm Park in Essex to Scotland in the last weeks of 1948. My father Leon A. Lalonde had accepted a position as Chief Mechanical Engineer with John Cochrane and Sons, a construction company. They had previously been awarded a large contract to build a Hydro Electric Scheme in Glen Affric. Moving to Scotland in the middle of winter was not an ideal time to relocate house and home.
On our arrival we stayed in the comfortable Affric Hotel for two weeks while Dad found us a place to live. Finally he was able to secure a small house called "Fasnakyle Cottage". It was a crofters cottage, containing a living room, one bedroom, a bathroom and kitchen. Each room was very small, but overall the place was warm and cozy and served us fairly well. We did not have running water as most of us know it. We hauled our water in a large 500 gallon tank trailer from Cannich every few days, drained it... Read more
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