Torridon Calendar 2000 "Memories of Yesteryear"
As we celebrate the New Millennium and look forward to the future, here we take the chance to look back over life in the Torridon area in past years.
Our last Heritage Calendar promoted a lot of discussion and the photographs led to many stories from the past.
We hope that you enjoy using this and would welcome any further information on the photographs. As the native language of many of the characters featured was the Gaelic it seems appropriate to use it here too.
Bliadhna Mhath Ur le gach durachd!
Our Production Team – Printers – Anne Macrae and Katherine Mackenzie. Collators – Alison Beaton, Claire Abbott and Hayley Ross, P7.
The Macdonald family, Alligin
Torridon House staff outing
Pictured possibly on a Torridon House staff outing to Gairloch are estate workers. Some of the faces have appeared in other photographs but as yet have no names. In the middle row, 4th from left, however, is Duncan MacBeath, Mr Thorburn’s grandfather, then Murdo Macdonald and Bessie MacCulloch who were Donnie ‘London’s’ grandparents. Mrs Susan Macdonald, Brownhill (Willie Crupach’s sister) stands at the rear on the left, whilst the piper is thought to be Angus Mackenzie ‘Durrie’, the Estate Piper. J. Campbell, the photographer, lived in Diabaig before moving on to Gairloch.
l-r: Donald ‘Moccan’ Mackenzie, John Mackenzie, ? , George Mackenzie, Roddy ‘Dochan’ Macdonald, Donnie ‘Bayview’ Mackenzie, Teacher – Miss Clark. Mary Ann Macgregor, Mary Macdonald, Jessie Macrae, Lizzie Mackenzie, Isa Macdonald, Annie Mackenzie, Dolly and Katie Macrae, Betty Macdonald. Willie ‘Dochan’ Macdonald and Charlie Mackenzie.
Donny ‘Bayview’ is a well known figure in Annat today and Donald ‘Moccan’ and dog Lassie enjoy seeing friends in Strathburn House, Gairloch.
At work on the home farm
The walking postman's presentation
The walking postman’s presentation. Presentation in the Old Village Hall.
Marking his retiral as postman in Torridon (late 1960s) John ‘Buller’ Mackenzie is presented with a gift of gratitude by Duncan Mackenzie (Old Shoemaker) and Kenny Macdonald (Alligin Post Office). Also looking on are thought to be Murdo ‘Mollan’ Mackenzie, Iain Mackenzie and Murdo Macdonald, with a fresh faced Murdo ‘Corrie’ Macdonald sitting in his kilt.
Community Christmas party
Enjoying the games at the Community Christmas Party in the old Village Hall are, amongst others, Wilma Holmes, Eleanor Beaton, Tibby and Anne Ross, Morag (in her mini), Nurse Brown, Marjory and May Carswell, Chrissie Duncan, Wilma and Marianne. A young Ronnie Holmes chats to Alice ‘Bayview’ Mackenzie. Bella ‘Moccan’ is on the left whilst the Alligin boys take the stage.