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Cromarty Image Library

Albion House - Church Street
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Albion House - Church Street

Albion House in - I guess - the mid sixties. Still showing the wall between Albion and Waterloo House (now no 49). Interesting lack of traffic.
Picture added on 27 September 2009 at 09:36
I believe my Grandfather's Uncle Murdo McTavish died in this house 21st November 1944, where his daughter Christina (Chrissie) lived. Does anyone have any more info on this family please?
Added by Carolyn Sheehan on 02 October 2009
Carolyn - Chrissie married a Naval Petty Officer called Clements, and they lived in Albion House until the 50's. They had two boys, John and James. There is a photo of the family at picture #604, and other pics of the boys in the image library.

Both John and James have visited us at Albion House over the years.
Added by Calum Davidson on 03 October 2009
I remember my mother Helen Hogg (nee Couper) was very friendly with Chrissie MacTavish/Clements. I vaguely remember as a child going to Albion house probably for afternoon tea. The picture #604 has my Auntie Chrissie Matheson (nee Couper) and I think her two sons in it.

Added by Rhona Garratt on 04 October 2009
Thank you for your comment Rhona. Any information on the Clements family or McTavish's would be wonderful
Added by Carolyn Sheehan on 05 October 2009
Carolyn, In the 1950s and 60s I met, as far as I know, all of Mrs.Clements' brothers and sisters and some of their children and grandchildren. Murdo worked at Cromarty Mains Farm and he and his wife had six children. There was: Chrissie; Anne (Mrs. Slader; Bessie (Mrs. Captain Henderson MN); Mary (Mrs. Hambrook?) who lived in Wiltshire; Roddy, who lived in Santa Barbara,California with his American wife Beaulah; Hugh, who latterly lived in Cromarty. Hugh had a son (also called Murdo?) The Hendersons had both children and grandchildren. Perhaps you can "track some of them down". I too have memories of visits to Albion House and of the beautiful and kind Mrs.Clements and of Jimmy and John.
Added by Christopher Hart on 18 October 2009
Hi Christopher. I am Johanna, John Clements's daughter. Lovely to read about your memories of my dad's family. Dad often spoke of aunty Bell who was also chrissie sister. i was wondering if you had any recollection of her? Also Ishbel, who was Anne Henderson's daughter? Kindest Regards, Johanna
Added by Johanna Clements on 10 November 2009
Hi Johanna, I stayed at Forsyth House with your dad's Aunty Anne during part of the 1950s and 60s. So I met most of her closest relatives. I'm not sure who Aunty Bell was, unless Bell was just another name for Bessie. The only second and third generation Hendersons that I met were John Henderson's family. I don't remember Ishbel.
Warmest Regards, Christopher
Added by Christopher Hart on 14 November 2009
Hello Johanna, I'm the flower girl in the wedding photo. My Grandmother Lila Taylor and Chrissie were good friends, I remember Chrissie coming to Burnside. I started school in Cromarty and am told that Johnny took me to school. Visited Cromarty this September with the brigegroom and his son. Sadly Roma died last year. Her sister Louisa has been staying with us and we have had long chats about Cromarty. Regards Catherine Penman
Added by Catherine Penman, nee Hossack on 15 November 2009
Hi there. Would anyone know if the petty officer Chrissie married was the James Clements that was in South Africa in WW2 and died in 1946 and is buried in Cromarty cemetery?
Added by David Kressig on 12 November 2012
Yes. He lost a leg at Tobruk, in a minefield in 42, and then contracted TB, which was the cause of his death in 1946. His sons remember him living in a hut in the garden because of his lung problems, and his spare legs propped up in the attic.
Added by Calum Davidson on 12 November 2012
Hi Calum, thanx for coming back. Can you definitely confirm that he was in South Africa for recuperation? Are his sons still alive and contactable?I have a photograph I would like to use to confirm that it is the James Clements I have been looking for. I'm immensely grateful for that info. Warmest regards, David Kressig
Added by David Kressig on 12 November 2012
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