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Dornoch Girl Guides 1931
Dornoch Girl Guides 1931

Monochrome photograph of Dornoch Girl Guides in 1931, taken at the rear of the primary school. Annotated in white lettering in the centre 'Dornoch 1931' and on the right side Hackston Dingwall. Identified individuals: Back row 5th from left, Shona MacDonald. Middle row 5th from right Chrissie Duff. Front row from 3rd from left , Guide Leaders: Miss Macdonald, Miss Strachan, Miss Davidson (French Teacher) Mrs Robichaud. Four girls seated in front , right hand end Cathie MacLean.

[A version of this photograph, with the girls wearing hats, is at picture #789]

From a second copy of this photograph, with names, offered to the museum in 2017 those shown are:

Back Row: Annie Macdonald, Jean Murray, Olive Will.Janet Murray, Shona Macdonald, Rene Munro, Hughina Macleod, Ella Murray, Mairi Chisholm, Mary Mackenzie, Mona Macdonald { or Betty Macleod], Chrissie Macdonald.

Second Row from back: Barbara Grant, Isobel Sinclair, Dorothy Taylor, May McCulloch, Muriel Miilne, Ruby Budge, Alice Macleod, Jessie Munro, Christine Johnstone, Lena Henderson, Chrissie Duff, Betty Sutherland, Elise Macleod, Joina Macleod, Rhona Johnstone.

Seated Front Row: Chrissie Munro, Joly Mackenzie and Guiders: Miss Jessie MacDonald, Miss Strachan, Miss Davidson, Mrs Robichaud, Miss M J Graham, Miss Cathie Murray and Brownies Lena Sinclair, May McCulloch.

In front centre: Brownies: Effie Murray, Cathie Murray, Irene Campbell, Beattie Wright.
Picture added on 24 April 2008
Front left Effie Murray
Added by Dan Murray on 25 March 2010
I think "Miss Rubishaw" ought to be "Mrs Robichaud" who lived at Oversteps, Dornoch.
Thank you for the correction, we will also amend the Museum catalogue - Administrator
Added by Alison T McCall on 03 October 2010
It is " Mrs Robichaud "; I can vouch for that as a Dornoch-born person who, as a boy, received the gift from Mrs Robichaud of 3 famous volumes of Stobart's histories of Rome, Greece and Egypt.
Added by William Wickham. on 02 November 2010
Which one is Mrs Robichaud? There are six leaders but only four names.
I was admiring the lovely painting of Mrs Robichaud "On the Shore at Dornoch" in Aberdeen Art Gallery recently.

I believe that Mrs Robichaud is the 4th adult from the left (sitting next to Miss Davidson (3rd left) with Miss Strachan on the her other side (2nd left). The 2 ladies sitting 5th and 6th from left have not been identified - Administrator
Added by Alison McCall on 04 November 2010
It is Mrs. Edith Catherine Robichaud. She was born Bradshaw or Broadbent, the latter being the name used by her on two marriage registrations. She first came to reside in Dornoch after her 1895 marriage to William Llewellyn Hacon when he built Oversteps as their new home. Her second marriage was at Oversteps itself in 1918 to a Private Robichaud of a Canadian Army specialist lumberjack battalion. She adopted two boys who I believe were reared mainly in Dornoch. My wife and I hold a considerable body of information from our researches on this fascinating and enigmatic woman which we hope to publish in the near future. She will be a major component of our future story of Dornoch.

Many thanks for the information relating to Mrs Robichaud. There are other references to her and both her sons on the image library. She was, as you say, a fascinating woman who played a key role in much of Dornoch's life - Administrator
Added by Michael W Loynd on 17 July 2012
For those previously providing comments on this image, please note that a further copy of this photograph, with names, was offered to the museum in 2017 and relevant detail has now been incorporated in this page and that at picture #789
Added by John Barnes on 19 June 2017
So nice to see a 1931 photo of my Mum, Christine Johnstone and Auntie Rhona Johnstone. Mum was a teacher at Embo in the early 1950’s until her marriage in 1953 to my father, Raymond Hadley. She then moved to Dudley in the West Midlands. They met when Dad was stationed in Dornoch with the RAF in 1942. Rhona qualified as a pharmacist but tragically died in 1951 in an accident in Edinburgh some 3 weeks after getting married. Mum died in 1966. The Johnstone family home is Woodgate in Station Road, Dornoch, still owned and loved by the family. ~ Many thanks for your comment ~ Administrator.
Added by Wilf Hadley on 09 April 2018
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