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Bellevue House
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Bellevue House

View from Church Street of Bellevue House c1994
Picture added on 01 January 2003
Can anyone tell me anything about the Cromarty Hospital - I understand it is now a dwelling house. I was too young to remember it in operation although I remember my Granny and my mother talking about it closing. It's only in the last few months I remembered about it. I'd be glad of any information.
Added by Mary Mackay Now Harrison on 09 February 2005
Not sure when exactly it closed but I know it was not too long after I was born. I was born there on 4th July 1951 and it was not too long after that it closed. (Not responsible in any way!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Added by Pat Swanson on 02 June 2005
Bellevue House was always of great interest to me as a young boy ...having to walk past it many times on the way to our house at 51 Church Street ....even after we moved to 17 High Street ..it's appearance . and the period it was built always stuck in my mind ...I'm sure if the walls could talk ...it could write a lovely novel ..of the days gone by.
Added by John Macdonald on 16 April 2006
I would love to know the history of this lovely house.
Added by Dorothy Robertson on 16 April 2006
My sister, Jane MacAulay, was born at the hospital 31 July 1953 and I believe it was closed not long after that. I do think SHE may have had something to do with it closing!
Added by Shelagh MacAulay (now Luck) on 17 April 2006
Most of you must remember Capt. Innes who lived in Bellevue House. He said he "fed and watered" a green lady ghost every night! I remember him walking along Church Street in the middle of the road, when a Rover car came up behind him and the driver blew its horn in frustration at being held up. Capt. Innes turned round, whacked his stick down on the bonnet and told the driver that he was around before motor cars were invented, so he was entitled to walk wherever he liked...point made!
Added by Campbell Ross on 17 April 2006
I never knew this house was a hospital Shelagh ? ..being born at the old Cottage Hospital myself at the other end of town ..I always thought that was the only hospital in Cromarty ?
Added by John Macdonald on 17 April 2006
I never knew it was either John. My comment abobe was about the only one I know. The one on the chore.
Added by Pat Swanson on 17 April 2006
John - I was going on the first comment by Mary which I thought was about the cottage hospital which Donald Matheson turned in to a house?
Added by Shelagh MacAulay (now Luck) on 18 April 2006
I never knew this house was a hospital being born at the old cottage Hospital myself at the other end of town and Ronald winton Betty patience (AVOCH) was the last two children born in it in (NOVEMBER 1953)
Added by (anon on 18 April 2006
I don't remember ever hearing that Bellevue was used as a hospital, but didn't someone tell me once that it was an officers' mess during WW1?
Added by Estelle Quick on 18 April 2006
It was certainly used by the Army in WW2. I remember Chris MacMillan saying that they put in the current metal windows. Dave might know more - he lived there in the 90's.
Added by Calum Davidson on 18 April 2006
Bellevue was definately used by the Royal Engineers during the Forties I think. My uncle was billeted there during that time as was the late Harry Kelly.Ronnie was born in November 1953 and was I believe the last Crom to be born there
Added by Iris Winton on 20 April 2006
Do you mean born in the Cottage Hospital though Iris? Not Bellvevue.
Added by Pat Swanson on 21 April 2006
The old hospital (where both myself and husband Ewen were both born) is where we now live. It is down by the shore along from the Royal Hotel and I believe, closed around 1954. The picture above is of Bellevue on Church Street. We are starting a Bed & Breakfast business in May, which we are looking forward to. We would love to hear from anybody who was born in the hospital and especially if there are any other couples born there who are now married. Rhona Garratt (nee Hogg)
Added by Rhona Garratt on 22 April 2006
Yes P at I did mean Ronnie was born in the Cottage Hospital sorry for the confusion
Love to your mum 1
Added by Iris Winton on 22 April 2006
Bellevue House as well as No 60 Church St. was owned by a Mrs. McLean-Watt who I believe lived in London and let the property in the 50's.
Added by Dennis Manson on 04 November 2006
Sorry everyone I seem to have confused everybody with my Hospital enquiry I thought that Bellevue house had been the hospital my mistake.
Added by Mary Mackay now Tomlinson-Harrison on 04 November 2006
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