Invercharron House, Ardgay

Invercharron House, Ardgay

Year: 1940 | Included in Albums: People / Places

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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.

Cat No. Not specified.
Year 1940
Albums People / Places
Date added June 30th, 2004
Added by Ross Macleod
22 Visitor Comments
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    Kate Macnamara

    This is my house now. We have cleared off all that ivy and this is so weird seeing my home on the internet!!

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    Sandie Mackenzie

    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

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    Gregor Maclennan

    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.

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    Flora Macnamara

    i live here to i am typing this in invercharron house now!

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    Valerie Barden (nee Heath)

    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.

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    Michael Martin

    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.

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    Michael Martin

    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.

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    Lucy Black

    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.

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    Estelle Quick

    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.

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    Nancy

    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.

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    Margaret Urquhart

    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.

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    Thomas MacFarlane

    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.

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    Kate Matheson

    Could someone please tell me when Invercharron House was sold by the Littlejohns. I, so far, have been unable to find the infomation anywhere.

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    Sheena Jackaman

    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.

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    Heather Rendall

    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

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    Tony Cameron-Lamb

    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.

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    Tony Cameron-Lamb

    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.

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    Marco Pluijm

    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

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    Robin Tryon

    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.

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    Phyllis Hannah

    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?

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    Phyllis Hannah

    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.

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    Janet creech

    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.

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