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School Garden
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School Garden

I think this may be the school garden beside the burn - not sure of date, maybe early 1900's
Picture added on 18 November 2010 at 16:44
If we could find out the date of this and a list of the boys aged about 12 at that time. We might be looking at some of our relatives.
I wonder if it was WW1 time.
It could be the Avoch chain gang. ASBO's 1900
Added by John mcLennan (McLeman) on 18 November 2010
I can remember my Dad speaking about this garden and he was born in 1908.
Added by Davina Tait on 21 November 2010
I think it is actually the garden belonging to "Ross's School". This was an Episcopal school run by Canon Spence Ross who was rector of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Fortrose. My uncle who was born in 1898 went to "Ross's School" and I think he is in this photo.
Added by Grace Mackenzie on 21 November 2010
Grace your Uncle and my Grandfather must have gone to school together. My Grandfather William MacLeman went to Ross's school although he called it the Mackenzie Foundation school. He was born in 1895 but I have no idea if he is in this photo. My grandmother Jane Jack was born in 1902 but she went to the other school.
Added by Ann Duggan on 27 November 2010
That's right Ann, the school was called the Mackenzie Foundation although it was known in Avoch as "Ross's School". If you look at Robin Whyte's photo No. 140 "Avoch in the frost" - the large red stone building in the foreground is the Mackenzie Foundation.
Added by Grace Mackenzie on 29 November 2010
I wonder if the young girl could be a relative of mine named Jessie Cunningham. When registering with the Teachers Registration Council she stated she was an Assistant Mistress at the MacKenzie Foundation School, Avoch, Ross-shire 1907-1908.

Added by David Cunningham on 21 February 2012
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