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Monaughty Forest work squad circa 1927
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No: 1069   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1927
Monaughty Forest work squad circa 1927

Mike Phillips, Newton, has passed on two cuttings of a picture from possibly a local paper and magazine circa 1984 which feature the same photograph of a group of forestry workers and forester from Heldon Hill or Monaughty Forest. The magazine image (large photograph) has been cropped slightly and cuts off two of the men (Nos 13 & 22) but shows the clearest detail. The newspaper image was submitted by Mrs Hutcheon of Elgin who has named most of the people but unfortunately the article has not detailed exactly which name belongs to which person. The little girl Elsie Dick and Head Forester J D Robbie are however definitely identified as is Jimmy Grubb by the line in the magazine photograph (large image).

In an attempt to put names to faces, numbers have been added to the photograph image and using the names list at the bottom of the photograph, names put against the numbers. Hopefully someone may be able to confirm if the names are correct and also provide some of the Christian names and a little information on the person. The original photograph or another like it would be very welcome.

Names (5) not put against the 7 remaining numbers are:
H Rose, S Simpson, D Murdoch, J Ogilvie, G Priest

There is a strong family likeness between Nos 14 and 21 and perhaps even these have been wrongly named

6. Jimmy Grubb
9. A Anderson (not certain)
10. J Farquhar (not certain)
11. A Rose (not certain)
12. P Stuart (not certain)
13. E MacLeod (not certain)
14. B MacKenzie (not certain) or H Macdonald?
15. H Macdonald (not certain)
16. J Ogilvie (not certain)
17. A MacKenzie (not certain)
18. J D Robbie – Head Forester
19. Elsie Dick
20. W Rose (not certain)
21. B Macdonald (not certain)
22. ? French (not certain)

The PDF places the two images together with and without numbers.
Picture added on 09 January 2012
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add commentComments:
J.D. Robbie, my Grandfather, also appears in pics 135 & 134 of 1936.
Jimmy Robbie is listed as Forester, Monaughty in April 1927 & April 1928, but he is not like No 18 - more like No 20.
I have a few pics dating back to 1950 of Jimmy Robbie

Added by John Robbie on 03 November 2017.
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