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Some Memories Of Tighnabruaich - a Memory of Tighnabruaich.

My father's family had holidayed in Tighnabruaich at the end of the 19th century. My parents, when young, stayed at Stronecarrick (end house next to boatyard) and at Lismore which was home of the Olding family. Peter Olding who was the skipper of a posh yacht, Mrs Olding, and daughters Jessie (who was the postwoman during the last war), Mamie (who had the tearoom in the village) and Lizzie who latterly lived at GlenInnens upper flat. Then, Wellpark was owned by Winnie Beaton and her husband in the thirties until the fifties or maybe later. Mr Lamont of Tigh na Mara hired out a few rowing boats that were moored on trip lines at Port Driseach. Jessie Olding bought Tigh na Mara and lived there around the 1980's.There used to be two cottages up on the hill above the school called Learmount. I wonder of they are still there? My brother, Grahame Cross, taught at Tighnabruaich School. During the war there were ex-admiralty grey painted cabin cruisers moored in the bay, and I liked rowing out to get a close look at them. The big ex-admiralty ship anchored in the Kyles was the Mountcalm, I think.

 Comments & Feedback

Sat May 23rd 2020, at 3:51 pm
maudsmithis commented:
If you are still interested, I know the Jamieson family and jessie olding quite well, I stayed with her at tighnamara in the eighties.
Thu Oct 11th 2018, at 12:28 pm
Ian Campbell commented:
Jessie Campbell Olding's uncle John Olding married my grandfather John Campbell's sister Jessie.

John Olding and his brother Peter, Jessie Campbell Olding's father, were both professional yacht masters, that is captains of the expensive yachts of others.

In August 2018 had a few days in Tighnabruaich researching my Campbell family history in the area, and following up on family lore which has (Captain) John Olding as skippering the steam yacht Thistle and the Fife built 8 metre yachts Cluaran and Falcon on the Clyde.

Have family photos which could be of interest.
Sat Jan 13th 2018, at 7:11 pm
I remember Graham Cross, though I did not have him often as a teacher as I left after primary 7. He did take us sometimes in primary 7 for history, I thought he was a really good teacher, I remember him telling us all about farming in the past. I also remember Alyson Fisher (posted earlier on this thread) as we started school in the same year with Donalda Stalker as teacher, and I remember the ironmongers van going up to Kilfinan. We had a lot of vans going round in these days, Jamieson the baker (new van was BSB 881) Walter McNeil, Whyte and McKenzie, and Donald Beaton had a big green van. These of course were the days before the New Road!

Duncan MacIntyre
Fri Jul 15th 2016, at 1:31 am
msmithis commented:
I am Maud Smith. I was one of the Church of Scotland girls, it was a home for not orphans but children from difficult circumstances. My mother Mrs. Maud Allan was second in charge at the home. My memories of the magical village have lasted me into old age. We were at Craigengower during the war years. I knew Jessie Olding very well, and the Jamiesons also. I well remember the gardner, his bonnie brown face but I've forgotten his name.
Mon Nov 10th 2014, at 11:40 pm
bobwinslow commented:
Eileen Cameron. Thanks for your effort to make contact. Are you, perhaps, adding the full stop after "com" as part of my email address? My full email address is
Mon Nov 10th 2014, at 9:06 pm
Eileen Cameron commented:
Hi Sid Gait, There were Italian prisoners of war also in the Temperance Hotel on the Shore Road in 1945. Much of the glory has departed from the village with the passing of the people we knew. The glory always departs and something new and strange arrives. I regretted the new road across the once quiet and lonely moor, above Caladh. Portavadie was the creepiest place I was ever at.
Mon Nov 10th 2014, at 8:54 pm
Eileen Cameron commented:
Bob Winslow, your email did not work. Have you another one?
Mon Nov 10th 2014, at 8:09 pm
bobwinslow commented:
I would be most anxious to make contact with anyone who knew Jessie Olding. I can be reached at

Bob Winslow
Wed Oct 22nd 2014, at 7:33 pm
sidgait commented:
I attended Tighnabruaich school during the war when Donald Campbell was headmaster. Miss MacIntyre (Pooder) taught French. Jessie Olding was my Sunday school teacher & became a friend. I shared the Learmount cottage with Graham Cross over summer holidays, his dear mother worried about our diet and supplied luxuries. Learmount is located behind the house once occupied by our then village grocer Christopher MacKenzie. Unfortunately our dear village is hardly recognizable today. And how about Portavadie, a waiter asked me if this was my first visit..."no I was here 70 years ago!" I remember with fondness Dougie Crawford of Mid Innes Farm. The Home Guard training on the back road, the Italian prisoners of war in Ardeneden and a host of long forgotten worthies. Sid Gait, Helensburgh.
Thu Sep 25th 2014, at 3:27 am
alysonmclellan commented:
I lived in Tighnabruaich when I was a wee girl... and I think that my brother had Grahame Cross as a teacher... my dad,
Jack Fisher owned the ironmongery, McNeil and Gordon, which he "inherited from my uncles Ian McNeil and Alfred Gordon.
My brother is Iain Fisher, still alive and kicking in BC Canada. We moved to Canada in 1957. Just had a visit with Bobby Nicolson from Auchorck (sp?)..It's been 57 years since we left, I hope to get back soon. Alyson (Fisher) McLellan

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