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School Photograph - c1947
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School Photograph - c1947

Do you recognize anyone, and can you pinpoint the year?
Picture added on 26 January 2004
I think this is earlier than 1947. My uncle David Taylor is 2nd from the left in the back row and he looks about 12 -13 years old, born 1932. The gentleman to the right of the photo is I think 'Rae the schoolmaster', headmaster when I attended Cromarty school for a short time in the early fifties.
Added by Catherine Penmnan on 26 January 2004
Where is Davy Taylor now? I haven't seen him since he left Cromarty.
Added by Ian Jack on 26 January 2004
Back row: Sandy Reid, Bobby Watson, Davy Taylor, Donny Macfarlane, Donny Fraser, Donny Maciver, Ian Macdonald, Ronny Winton, Derek Macdonald, John Rae.

Centre row: Jimmy Dixon, Ian Jack, Marigold Campbell, Marie Scott, Jessie Ross, ??, Margaret Macdonald, Jimmy Clements, ??,

Front row: ??, Eunice Grant, Babsie Maclean, ?? I think her dad was the coastguard, Dorothy Macdonald, ??, Mary ?, ??.

Help me out you old timers please. I'm having a senior moment.
ian jack
Added by Ian Jack on 26 January 2004
I think the girl on Jessie Ross' left is Jean Macleod, whose father was Chief Coastguard for a while.
She later married Peter Taylor form Cromarty, who also joined CG, and moved to WICK.
Fourth in from the left was her sister Nanette Macleod.
Next to Jimmy Clements was John Fyffe(FIFE?)whose Dad was the C.of S Minister before Rev.
Jenkins. Could the left hand front chap be your cousin Peter Low?, or maybe I'm suffering memory loss! Front row 2nd in from right Mary Gilmour, that's the best I can do for you.

Added by Clem Watson on 28 January 2004
You are right about everyone except Peter Low, he was in the class below me. I don't know who that person is. I must ask Lachie next time I'm up.
Added by Ian Jack on 28 January 2004
Front row ?? (someone from the coastguard - not sure of his name) Eunice Grant, Babsie MacLean, Nanette MacLeod, Dorothy MacDonald, Isa MacKenzie, Mary Gilmour, Michael Jeyes.
4th from left on middle row is Mairi Mackenzie
Best we can do!
Added by Iris & Lachie Winton on 31 January 2004
Davy Taylor is retired and well and living in Manchester where he worked as a journalist for many years. He thinks this photo maybe 1945.
Added by Catherine Penman on 08 February 2004
Must be 1946 or later as I didn't come to Cromarty till 46, I just cannot remember the photograph being taken, I left school in 1948, 15 years old, and worked on the ferry with Albert Watson for a year and then went to sea in Oct 1949. Give my regards to Davy.

Added by Ian Jack on 09 February 2004
My name is Donald Macfarlane (12/06/1955). I have recently been in Cromarty/Nigg 15/02/2004 to visit relations, Aunties(Lalla Swanson / Catherine Taylor and cousin Kenny Macfarlane and came across this school photograph through my dad's (Donald William Macfarlane) sister (Catherine Mary Ross Taylor) - dad is 3rd along the back row - not 4th as indicated in the comment. Unfortunately he died 2nd january 1997 in Corby, Northants. He was a member of the Submarine Society ( ex submariner HMS Tireless / Tiptoe / Artemis - down south and there was a great turn out at his funeral. His heart was always in Cromarty as was his blood family. I am sure he will be missed.

Should you need more info please do not hesitate to contact me. I am researching my family tree - so any help or pointers would be greatly appreciated - Thanks
Added by Donald William Macfarlane on 15 February 2004
I was counting sandy reid as number one in the back row, so making Donny fourth. We were class mates even though we were right at the bottom of the class. Our main interest was to get out of school and go to sea. Our other main interest was in visiting Jess Mackay's and getting a cigarette from her for a sly smoke.
Added by Ian Jack on 16 February 2004
Hi, my uncle - Michael Jeyes is in the front row. Unfortunately he died last Easter. I think our grandad also worked for the coastguard, seems to be the thing to do!
Does anyone remember my dad, Brian Jeyes, he was born Dec 1931 so was about 3 years older than Mick. He remembered his time in Scotland with great affection, hence my name!
Added by Fiona Jeyes on 13 November 2005
Hi Fiona, I vaguely remember your dad but I remember Michael very well, he worked in the CoČop with me and I have happy memories of that time. I am sorry to hear of his death he was a nice lad.
Iris Winton [Mackay] - Husband Ronnie Winton.
Added by Iris Winton on 27 December 2005
Great fun to see a picture of my father Donald Macivor.
Added by Donald Macivor on 25 January 2006
Centre row 4th from left is Marie MacKenzie (not Marie Scott). She is my Granny!
Added by Scott MacKenzie on 30 August 2008
Greetings from Donny Fraser (the one in the middle of the three Donnies in the back row) Now living in Pitlochry but still have happy memories of shooldays in Cromarty. Have visited "home" many times the last one in 2009 when I had a grand chat with Iris and Ronnie Winton. Marie Mackenzie was a great friend and rival in the class - Marie please make contact.
Added by Donald (Donny) Fraser on 06 August 2010
Sandy Reid was married to my great-aunt, Dorothy Watt. If anyone has any memories, I would love to hear them. Many thanks.
Added by Alison Watt on 21 May 2016
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