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Sandy the Butcher
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Sandy the Butcher

A photo of my dad in his butcher's 'uniform' taken in Margaret Street - I think that is Sandy Leitch's Austin Allegro in the background!!!
Picture added on 02 April 2011 at 10:14
Aye Duncan that is indeed Sandy (Tunda). He was great friends with William my first wifes older brother. He also worked part time as barman in the Marine Hotel, Rosemarkie before it became a retirement home - Don
Added by Don MacLeman on 11 April 2011
what other family photos do you have please put them on i am mark macleman grandson of james (jimmy)your dads brother
Added by Mark A Macleman on 16 May 2011
Hi Mark - I am assumimg that your request for more family photos is aimed at Duncan and not me ! Especially as my Uncle Jimmy never had any family !! Cheers - Don.
Added by Don MacLeman on 17 May 2011
yes sorry to confuse sandy (TUNDA) was my great uncle i visited avoch18 months ago and got duncans phone number from the guy in the harbour near the toilet block who rents out boats but i think he got a digit wrong
Added by Mark Macleman on 18 May 2011
That is indeed a picture of your great uncle Sandy. My mother, Lena is your great aunt.If you look on this site under Maclemans, you will see other photos which Duncan uploaded- one of a party in George Street. In it are all your relatives. There is another photo of your great grand mother, Mary Ann, with Mary Ann junior on her knee and Lewis by her side.
My mother, Sandy and another great aunt Lizzie are in another photo on that site, the one of all the Maclemans in Avoch School at the time.

Added by Mary Patience on 30 May 2011
I have some photo's to load up on this site but none of uncle jimmy.
Added by Lew Patience(Mary is my sister) on 31 May 2011
Thankyou Mary, i remember meeting my great aunties at various times in the early seventies, i visited Avoch 18 months ago nine months after my grandad passed away, and i will hopefully get there again in the near future, im trying to find our family tree.
Added by Mark Macleman on 01 June 2011
Grace Mackenzie who has also added photos to this archive is a second cousin- her mother and our grandmother [the Mary Ann in a previous photo] were sisters.Between us we can fill in some of the blanks.There are other photos with people who are related to us in them.
Added by Mary Patience on 02 June 2011
thankyou lew i will get some photos of grandad and load them did we once meet when i was a young boy at my grandads house in london. i remember a discussion about oil rigs i was about 9 at the time
Added by Mark Macleman on 02 June 2011
Hi Mark
As Mary says, I have some old photos of the family including your grandad and granny. I will upload them as soon as I can.
Added by Grace Mackenzie on 02 June 2011
yes we met when your mam and dad were staying with uncle jimmy in Catford. I think your mam was about due to have another baby. Your dad was a milkman then. Both your dad and grandad had dodgy cars that kept breaking down. Uncle jimmy was a crazy driver and if he took a wrong direction he would do U turns on duel carriageways. If I said anything he would say "I am allowed to do this because I fought In the war".
Added by Lew Patience on 02 June 2011
Lew i still remember your face and accent like it was yesterday grandads driving never got any better, he wrote off 5 sunbeam rapiers one after the other.when i get the chance to come to avoch again we must meet up
Added by Mark Macleman on 03 June 2011
Thanks Grace for adding photos I have never seen, especially the one of my Bouba Claimans.
Added by Mary Patience on 03 June 2011
thankyou so much Grace for the pictures of my nan and grandad, it means so much, not just to me but to all my family. thankyou
Added by Mark Macleman on 04 June 2011
thankyou Grace these photos mean so much to us all.
Added by Mark Macleman on 05 June 2011
Hi Mark,

Apologies for not getting back to you - I haven't been on this site for a while and I am sorry to have missed you when you were up in Avoch. If you are on Facebook, you can find me easily enough and all my contact details can be given to you....


Added by Duncan Macleman on 27 June 2011
I worked in the Marine Hotel in 1964/65 and I am sure I remember Sandy the butcher.If it is the same person he was always so pleasant. Was his wife called Janice? My grandparents lived in Rosemarkie till their deaths in the 1960's. Loved visiting them and still return to the area every summer.
Added by Irene Thomas (Macleod) on 10 March 2013
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