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Babs' Wedding - 1947
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Babs' Wedding - 1947

This photo from 1st Oct, 1947 shows a wedding full of local worthies. Can you name them? We've supplied a numbered version to help.

Picture added on 03 October 2003
26 & 27 Jackie and Babs Mackay .....a few more I know the faces ? ..but I'm sure they are people in Cromarty ..that can name them ?
Added by John Macdonald on 03 November 2003
I think 8 could be Madge Mackenzie Bab's sister.
Added by Margaret Cassie ( Clelland ) on 19 February 2007
No 23 ..I'm sure is Donald Matheson.
Added by John Macdonald on 17 April 2008
Think that is Dannie Fraser with glasses. No.5 top row fifth from the left.
Added by John Macdonald on 17 April 2008
No 24 I think is Tommy Macalear, no 25 Maureen Cameron(Fraser), no 28 Mamie Mackenzie(Fraser), no29 Margaret Shackleton (Brown).
Added by Anne Short on 19 April 2008
Not sure if that could be my mam - Mina Robertson or Macdonald as she was then- back row second from left. She would have been working at Matheson`s at the time. Anybody know?
Added by Dorothy Ewen ( Robertson) on 20 April 2008
Where do I find the numbered version for photo Bab's wedding? I can give all the names in this photo.
Added by Jane Patience on 25 April 2008
1. Robert Patience 28 bayview crescent, son of Bob the local baker who worked with Jack Mackay, the groom in Matheson's.
2. Mina Robertson (MacDonald)also worked in Matheson's grocer and baker.
3. Mrs. Bob Patience
4. Peter Mcalear, uncle of the groom, a very talented mason specialising in dry stone dykes.
5. Dannie Fraser, uncle by marriage to the groom, manager of the Cromarty Arms and also manager of the Cromarty Football Club.
6. Margaret Mackenzie, 1 Forsyth place, auntie of the bride.
7. Mrs. Annie Brown (Mackenzie) teacher and sister of the bride.
8. Madge Mackenzie, pharmacist and sister of the bride.
9. Alistair ( gaffer) Mackenzie, clerk of works for the ross-shire water board and brother of the bride.he was a Cromarty worthy!!
10. Isobel Mackenzie, his daughter and cousin of the bride.
11. Mrs. Jean Mackenzie, glasgow, sister-in-law of the bride.
12. Mrs. Mary Mackenzie, sister-in-law, married to Colin, a vetinary surgeon in essex, brother to the bride.
13. Nan Fraser
14. Mrs. Jessie Maclean, aunt of the bride.
15. Jock Mackay R.S.M. Seaforth Highlanders, father of the groom.
16. Mrs. Jeannie Mackay, mother of the groom.
17. Colin Mackenzie, mason contractor, father of the bride.
18. Mrs. Margaret Mackenzie, mother of the bride whose Thomson ancestors go back to 1687 in Cromarty
19. Mrs. Barbara Mcalear, granny of the groom.
20. John Mackenzie, hospital administrator in Glasgow, brother of the bride.
21. Mrs. Fyffe 22. Reverend Fyffe.
22. Jock Fraser, baker with Matheson's.
23. Donald Matheson, son of Roderick Matheson, later took over the business with brother Derek, Donald was a master baker.
24. Terence Mcalear, butcher in Birmingham, uncle of the groom.
25. Maureen Fraser daughter of Dannie and cousin of the groom (now Cameron, retired sister of rheumatology from Ross memorial hospital)
26. John Sinclair Mcalear Mackay, known as Jack, journeyman grocer with Matheson's, member and on the committee of many Cromarty clubs - bowling, snooker, badminton, drama, amenities and football - the latter highlight was when Cromarty won the cup in may 1962.
27. Babs - Waltrena Mclean Mackenzie, taken out of school when only 14 years to run her mother's drapery business in 1933 and she expanded the business and continued with the shop 'babs' until it closed down in 1984.
28. Mamie Fraser, her close friend who married Alistair Mackenzie, teacher in Cromarty junior secondary school.
29. Margaret Brown, niece of the bride, daughter of her sister Annie, who was evacuated to Cromarty from Glasgow during the war and still returns to Cromarty every year with her husband rev. Bill and has passed on her love of Cromarty to her three children.
Added by Jane Patience on 02 May 2008
Due to my teacher/ English training I must comment on the lack of capitals, especially for names, when you copied my details for the people in the picture!!! Can this be rectified, please?
Added by Jane Patience on 03 May 2008
I found this doing WW2 in school and no29 is definitely Margaret Shackleton (Gaga) it's the same smile!
She's my gran alright!

Added by Grace Bailey on 27 September 2010
Spotted Grannie B, aunt Madge and uncle Alastair along with Isobel too.

Aunt Margaret was easy, she hasn't really changed
Added by Alan Brown on 21 October 2015
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