Tain Museum Image Library

Tain Royal Academy
Tain Museum Image Library
Tain Royal Academy

This photograph shows a senior class outside Tain Royal Academy c 1930's ?.
L to R Back row - Robert Mackintosh, Ian M Ross (Meccano), John Vass, Peter Thompson, Hugh Robertson (Coatbridge), Andrew Ross (Sooyan) Harry Tresise, Andrew Fox, Walter Ross
Third Row - Hamilton Cormack, Willie Ross (Guillaume), Tommy Russell, Donald Maclean, Donald MacArthur, Ray Collie, Gregor Macleod
Second Row - Cathy Dundas, Joyce Mann, Betty Shand, Dorothy Tresise, Jessie Munro, Eleanor Macdonald, Alicia Ross, Kate Vass, Flora Mackay, Eileen Mackay, Ella Paterson
Front Row - Andrew Gardener, ? Ewen, Alex Corbett, David Stalker, Wattie Gardener, Andrew Munrow, ? Mackenzie, Donald Fraser, Hamish Sutherland (Porky)
Picture added on 03 May 2004
My father, Andrew Gardiner and his younger brother Walter are seated in the front row. Dad is furthest left and Uncle Walter is in the middle of the row. I would think that early 30s is accurate as Dad was born in 1916 and looks to be about 15 or 16 years old in this picture.
Added by Vi Symons nee Gardiner on 23 April 2006
The fourth girl from the right is Catherine Mackay who is the twin sister of Eileen Mackay who is seventh from the right. Catherine is my mother in law and lives with us in London, Eileen is living in Strathpeffer. Eileen says it was taken in 1935.
Added by Geoff Norris on 17 August 2006
John Vass is my uncle and elder brother of my father (also Hugh). My father was born and bred in Balintore, which is a fishing village about 7 miles from Tain. After attending the Academy John Vass was a student at Aberdeen University and graduated with Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees. He practised as a minister in the Church of Scotland in Lossiemouth, Elgin and (lastly) Aberdeen. His parents, my grandparents, were Hugh and Catherine (Katie) Vass of Ross Street Balintore.
Added by Hugh Vass on 10 September 2006
More about Catherine Darby (nee Mackay) and Eileen Mackinnon (nee Mackay) - 4th and 7th respectively from the right in the girls' row. These twin daughters of the Manse at Nigg reached 90 years old on 14th April 2007.
Added by Susan Catherine Mackay Norris nee Darby on 29 April 2007
Andrew Fox. Do you know if he his from Greene Co. TN?
Added by Aletha Fox on 09 November 2012
Re Andrew Fox: No, Andrew Fox, my mother's brother, was from long-established Easter Ross roots. His father was a partner in the Fox & MacLean garage, his mother's father and grandfather were noted stone masons with many prominent Easter Ross buildings to their credit, most notably the Royal Hotel in Tain and the Sheriff Courthouse. Interestingly, he (Andrew Fraser Fox) and his classmate Andrew Fraser Gardiner were named after the same individual, Andrew Fraser, who was the uncle of Andrew Fraser Fox and had been killed in the First World War. After very distinguished service in WW2 Andrew Fox taught for many years in Broughton, Peeblesshire.
Added by John MacLeod on 26 October 2013
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