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1920's Motor car?
Tain Museum Image Library
1920's Motor car?

This photo of an early motor car was probably taken in Stafford Street, Tain near where Fox and McLean had their garage.
L to R - Morrison (banker); Dr Gilles; CW Ross; Baillie D Macleod; WJ Munro (Rosemary Mackenzie's father); Alex Forsyth.
Can anyone identify the make of car and verify the date?
Picture added on 23 February 2005
The car is a Straker Squire of ca 1912. If Dr Gilles at the wheel is Dr Kenneth Gilles (or Gillies) then his earlier car was a 1904 Rolls-Royce 10 h.p. 2-cylinder (car survives)
Added by Tom Clarke on 30 April 2008
As there are 6 named men in he group, I believe that the driver of the car was my paternal grandfather, Harry Walker who was in partnership with Len Walker of Knockbreck Road Tain. I also think that this photgraph may be earlier than the date printed. Prior to this he was employed for a time with Fox and Maclean
Anonymous comment added on 26 June 2008
Interestingly, Dr Gillies was a former owner of the oldest surviving Rolls Royce motor car. A Rolls Royce Rolls-Royce 20154, it remained in his possession from 1905 - 1910. On 3 December 2007 the car was auctioned in London by Bonhams and realised £3.5 million.
Added by Niall Harkiss on 29 September 2017
Alex Forsyth was my paternal grandfather. He ran Forsy's Drapery Warehouse, 31 High Srett Tain, now the TSB. I l still have a roll of the shop string, the flat stuff with the Shop names on it.
Added by Lorna Hardey (Forsyth) on 29 September 2017
I think there may be an inconsistency above with regard to the Walkers who I understood preceded Fox & MacLean at these premises. Ted Fox, of Fox & MacLean, was my grandfather. With regard to the Walkers, who at one point seem to have run a bus, there was a little local amusement at the oxymoron "Walkers' bus"!

Anonymous comment added on 29 September 2017
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