Tain Museum Image Library

Invercharron House, Ardgay
Tain Museum Image Library
Invercharron House, Ardgay

This Post Card has no details of the publisher and has no writing on the back. However someone has written "Invercharron House Newly Designed" in pen on the front. Invercharron House belonged to David Ross of Invercassley who was Provost of Tain, three times the Master of Lodge St Duthus and became Lord Ankerville. He carried out internal renovations on the house c1800 but it seems unlikely these are what is referred to here which sounds more like external alterations.
Picture added on 30 June 2004
This is my house now. We have cleared off all that ivy and this is so weird seeing my home on the internet!!
Added by Kate Macnamara on 04 February 2005
My self and my family lived in the grounds of Invercharron house for 8 happy years as housekeeper to the Macnamara's, it a beautiful house with a lovely walled cottage garden. So many happy memories of summer days with the scent of sweet peas
Added by Sandie Mackenzie on 05 April 2005
my grandmother(mary fullerton)was housekeeper at invercharron house for many years and i spent many a holiday roam and exploring the grounds, garden and river bank.A wonderful place.
Added by Gregor Maclennan on 09 September 2005
i live here to i am typing this in invercharron house now!
Added by Flora Macnamara on 04 January 2006
My father was Chauffeur to Admiral McNamara in 1955 till the Admiral died a few years later. I lived with my family in the second cottage on the estate next to the gardener's cottage.
Added by Valerie Barden (nee Heath) on 07 September 2006
I have books printed in 18th century with the Crest of Lord Ankerville inside each of them. The books are 'The Complete Works of Pope'. There are 8 volumes but one volume is missing. I have had them for about 30 years and bought them from an antique Shop in Radlett, Herts.
Added by Michael Martin on 27 November 2006
I have a pair of books that I bought from an antique shop approx 30 years ago. They are the Works of Alexander Pope. Each book has the crest / coat of arms of Lord Ankerville and were printed in London in 1736. I suppose they were once in the library of Lord Ankerville at his home at Invercharron House.
Added by Michael Martin on 28 November 2006
My Great great aunt had a bracelet inscribed to her "from your friends at Invercharron 1898". Her name was Louisa Ballard, and she is likely to have been a lady's maid or similar. Are there any records for the house that anyone knows of? I do not know that it is the same house, but the internet only produces this one.
Added by Lucy Black on 08 October 2007
Lucy, Louisa Ballard is listed as a lady's maid at Invercharron House on the 1891 census. According to the census she was born at Charlton (?) in Dorset. The other residents of the house in 1891 were Mary Littlejohn, the owner's wife, and her daughter Helen, housekeeper Charlotte Macdonald and parlour maid Annie Collyer.
Added by Estelle Quick on 09 October 2007
thanks Estelle. I now have an extract from that census, but it is good to be able to confirm it is the same place. She was born in Charlton Marshall, a village in Dorest near Blandford Forum. How she ended up way up in the highlands we don't know - seems to have been in Jesmond in the census before this.
Anonymous comment added on 19 October 2007
There is a old plantation home named Invercharron in Meggett, SC. I came across this entry when searching for more information on it. There is nothing about it now and it is vacant but not quite abandoned.
Added by Nancy on 15 May 2008
Thanks for this information, Nancy. It would be intriguing to know how it acquired its name. It sounds as if someone connected with Invercharron built this home. Although neither of the two (now out of print) books we have on the Clan Ross mention his existence, there are hand written genealogy charts in the museum, the result of the research by some unknown person, which show the tenth laird of Invercharron as David Ross who died unmarried at Ballimore in America c1790. According to the books William Ross was the tenth Laird. If a brother David did exist perhaps William suceeded after David's death. Williams two sons were soldiers and died without leaving issue, so that was the end of the line and the property was sold. At present, I have no idea where Ballimore was (or is) so perhaps this is a red herring.
Added by Margaret Urquhart on 16 May 2008
Very interested to view this picture. This was I believe once the home of the very first Chief Constable of Perthshire - Captain Joseph John GROVE. His wife Margaret Anchorville Ross inherited the Invercharron Estate from her bachelor brother Robert Ferguson ROSS who died in 1875. Captain Grove who had previously served as Chief Constable of Perthshire from 1842 until 1855 changed his surname to ROSS when his wife inherited the Estate. Captain Grove died in 1885 although the Estate had been sold to Mr Alexander Littlejohn some 4 years previously. If you have any further information on this family I would be interested in hearing from you. T W MacFarlane Hon. Curator Tayside Police Museum.
Added by Thomas MacFarlane on 31 December 2008
Could someone please tell me when Invercharron House was sold by the Littlejohns. I, so far, have been unable to find the infomation anywhere.
Added by Kate Matheson on 28 July 2011
Today I found a small leather bound book in my late mother's house. It has a handwritten signature and date - David Ross 1768 - and Lord Ankerville's book plate. It is a Latin text therefore difficult for me to identify its contents at the moment. I am grateful for the above information in tracing its original owner.
Added by Sheena Jackaman on 12 September 2011
In the 1851 census Boyce and Janet MacKenzie are listed as living at Invercarron House, Kincardine - which I take to be Invercharron House. Am I right? Clearly they are tenants. 10 years later their 3 boys are recorded at Old Machar Academy Aberdeen along with my gt gt uncle Colin Mackenzie Ford. Does anyone know of any MacKenzie / Ford marriage that might explain Colin's name?

Many thanks Heather Rendall
Added by Heather Rendall on 06 October 2014
My Great x 5 Grand Father (Donald Cameron) is shown living at Inversharron/Ardgay abt 1730. He married an Isabella Maciver and died 29th December 1759 (Parish Records) Can anybody assist
with further information on the above please, and could it be Invercharron House where they lived ? Many thanks. Tony Cameron-Lamb. Isle Of Wight.
Added by Tony Cameron-Lamb on 13 September 2015
My Great x 5 Grand Father (Donald Cameron) is shown living at Inversharron/Ardgay abt 1730. He married an Isabella Maciver and died 29th December 1759 (Parish Records) Can anybody assist
with further information on the above please, and could it be Invercharron House where they lived ? Many thanks. Tony Cameron-Lamb. Isle Of Wight.
Added by Tony Cameron-Lamb on 13 September 2015
My mother worked here as a nanny for the family in the late 1930's. She was from the Netherlands and moved to London when WW2 broke out to be a nurse during the Blitz. From where later on she joined the army to join the liberation of Europe
Added by Marco Pluijm on 03 August 2017
Im reading my Grandmother's travel diaries dated August 16th. 1898 , She describes visiting the grounds of the house for a "Scottish Gathering" owned by Mr Littlejohn. Apparently Mr Carnegie the famous millionaire was there also. the event consisted of races, pipe bands , saluting the flags , plaiting the maypole on horseback, a piping competition and then a dancing competition.
Added by Robin Tryon on 10 January 2019
Please correct me if I'm wrong, I'm just trying to join some dots here.
Helen Mary Littlejohn was married to John Bruce Williamson(Barrister, Middle temple) she died in London in 1934 and he died in 1938.
they lived at Invercharron.
I'm actually trying to find a link with a trophy we have in the ross-shire SWI (Rural) if anyone can help?
Added by Phyllis Hannah on 16 April 2020
Hi Gregor,
I am researching the history of Ross-shire SWRI (Rural) and I have come across the name Mrs Fullerton of Ardgay. She was a member of our federation executive committee and institute member of Ardgay. I think I have identified her as Mary Young Fullerton born in Aberdeen, married to George Fullerton. Would this lady have been your Grandmother?
If so I would love to know more about her.

Added by Phyllis Hannah on 27 May 2020
I am trying to trace my roots.Culrain cottage1911 cencus.I believe was part of Invercharron estate.Dose anyone know if this is true?? The name was Bernie.I will be so grateful for any information thanks in advance.Jan.
Added by Janet creech on 20 October 2020
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