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School Photograph - 1918

School Photograph - 1918

Date Added: 28 November 2008 Contributor: James Barr Year: 1918 Picture No: 2268

James, whose grandmother Ann (nee Merrick) Reid (1879 - 1946) was born in Cromarty, bought this photo at an auction in Australia. It's from the estate of Don Watson who is shown on the left with an X beside him.

See picture #2267 for his school certificate of the previous year and picture #3707 to see Don in his later years.

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I think the third row down, third girl from the left is Rhona Couper who lived in Denoon Villa. She married William Mackay also from Cromarty and had three children, Ann, Donald and Ross. Comment left on 29 November 2008 at 18:47 by Rhona Garratt
This is one of the best photos I've ever seen on this site. For its time, the quality of the photo is excellent.

I assume this would have been a photo of all the pupils at the school.

I hope everyone in the photo can be identified.

I note that the all of the pupils look well dressed and are wearing shoes or boots. In later school photos some pupils have no shoes.
Comment left on 01 December 2008 at 00:31 by Margaret Tong
Well done James Barr. An excellent photograph and apparently in very good order. Let the identifications continue: Rhona Garratt has correctly identified her namesake, and the girl with wistful expression, 3rd. from left, 4th. row, her hand resting on the shoulder of the girl in front is Chrissie Couper, Rhona's sister. Chrissie married Donald John Matheson, in Cromarty, just before the 2nd World War. They had three children, Ranald, Iain & Susan. Comment left on 12 December 2008 at 13:57 by Ranald Nicolson Matheson
I thought that was Auntie Chrissie. Wasn't she beautiful. Comment left on 14 December 2008 at 13:40 by Kirsten Fleetwood (nee Garratt)
Could anyone tell me if there is a Grace Macleod in this picture? She was born in 1909 in Cromarty and would have around 9 years old. She left for America in 1930 and all I can ascertain is that she died in Santa Barbara in 1995. Her father was from Lewis and my great-uncle.
Comment left on 01 February 2009 at 01:52 by Catherine Mackay
Could anyone tell me if Mary or Harry Bentley are in this picture. They were my 1st cousin on my mother's side (Christina Hogg, Teenie) ? Comment left on 08 July 2009 at 11:38 by Bertie Macdonald
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