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TITLE
Mary and Neil Macpherson
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_PHOTO_01286
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1920s
CREATOR
Duncan Macpherson
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
13160
KEYWORDS
children
toys
garden
pharmacist
chemist
Mary and Neil Macpherson

Mary and little brother Neil pose for the camera, no doubt held by their father Duncan Macpherson, the Pharmacist in Kyle of Lochalsh, and a keen photographer. Mary is probably about six, and Neil, born in 1919, about three. They are most likely playing in the garden of their home, Glenquithel, in Kyle, built by their father on a bare hillside above the village soon after he arrived in Kyle in 1911. The house is named after the place of his birth, Glenquithel in Aberdeenshire.

Both children were brought up and educated in the area, attending Plockton Higher Grade School for their secondary education. After graduating from Aberdeen University, Mary taught in Oxford and Switzerland but returned to Kyle when her mother took ill. After her mother died in 1951, she taught locally, including English at Plockton School, and was Headmistress at Dornie School. She continued to live at Glenquithel until her death in March 2007.

Neil was tragically killed in 1944 as the result of an accident at just 24 years of age, while serving in the 16th Army Ordnance Depot in Kent.


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Mary and Neil Macpherson

ROSS: Lochalsh

1920s

children; toys; garden; pharmacist; chemist

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Duncan Macpherson (photographs)

Mary and little brother Neil pose for the camera, no doubt held by their father Duncan Macpherson, the Pharmacist in Kyle of Lochalsh, and a keen photographer. Mary is probably about six, and Neil, born in 1919, about three. They are most likely playing in the garden of their home, Glenquithel, in Kyle, built by their father on a bare hillside above the village soon after he arrived in Kyle in 1911. The house is named after the place of his birth, Glenquithel in Aberdeenshire.<br /> <br /> Both children were brought up and educated in the area, attending Plockton Higher Grade School for their secondary education. After graduating from Aberdeen University, Mary taught in Oxford and Switzerland but returned to Kyle when her mother took ill. After her mother died in 1951, she taught locally, including English at Plockton School, and was Headmistress at Dornie School. She continued to live at Glenquithel until her death in March 2007.<br /> <br /> Neil was tragically killed in 1944 as the result of an accident at just 24 years of age, while serving in the 16th Army Ordnance Depot in Kent. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />