Tain Museum Image Library

Group in front of R K Dawson, clothier
Tain Museum Image Library
Group in front of R K Dawson, clothier

This picture shows a group of staff and members of the public in front of R K Dawson's shop in the High Street. The shop was later taken by the Collie family also tailors and even later became part of Strachans the bakers now Harry Gows.
Picture added on 20 April 2004
Men of Tain (taken by the Scottish Photographic Touring and Pictorial Post Card Company, Glasgow) c 1905?
From the left, Jim McKenzie who was the accountant in the tailor's shop and later worked as accountant in MacRae and Dick's Garage for many years. He was an uncle of Jimmy "Light". Next person is not known. Third is Mr Dawson who was the owner. Next to him are my grandparents, Robert and Margaret Collie. My grandfather took over the shop from Mr Dawson. Next to Margaret is "Big Heck" McKenzie, father of Bunty and grandfather of Karl Fialka. Next is Bobback? - Lily MacKenzie's father and then Davy Ross, husband of Katy Ross who worked in the shop and later did dressmaking from her home in Geanies Street. Last in the line is Rossie?
In front are the apprentices and Rory "Toe" - The Town Crier of Tain and a familiar street newsvendor. He earned his nickname from his large outsize feet. Perhaps he had a club foot. The name of the man beside Rory "Toe" is not known
Added by Elizabeth Cameron on 18 January 2007
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