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Dornoch Academy Class 1A  1949
Dornoch Academy Class 1A 1949

Monochrome photograph of Dornoch Academy Class 1A: Back row Right to Left:Derek Vakes, Gordon Fraser, Billy McKay, Donald Murray, Donald Cumming, Murdo McKay, Kenneth McLeod, William McKay (Weasel) Eaun Currie; Middle row R to L: Seona McDonald, Anne Shaw, Betty McKay, Shiela Munro, Margaret McLeod, Norma Murray, Sheena McLeod, Margaret Ross; Front Row R to L: Christine Gunn, Barabel McKenzie, Joan More. From the collection of Dennis Bethune
Picture added on 10 October 2008
Currently tracing family history - Is Donald Cumming - related to Annie Cummings Born Fishertown (Embo)0 28 10 1866 Died 16 04 1922 (Leith) I also have dates for other Cumming(s) relations living in Embo
Added by Diane Marr on 26 April 2009
I believe that the boy named here as Donald Cumming is in fact Donald Ross who was the elder son of John and Katie Ross who used to own the Embo Post office/supply store and the coal merchants there. There were many Donald Cummings from Embo in the past and the one Donald Cumming who it might be is Donnie Hugh Cumming but he was a few years older than this group.
I have written direct to Diane Marr to tell her of my doubts and have offered to send her lists giving details of many of the Embo Cummings going back to the late 1700s which I was sent some years ago by an Embo exile in Canada.
Perhaps you might know that 5 of these Cummings were drowned while fishing off Embo in the late 1800s and there is a grave stone in the Dornoch grave yard commemorating some of them.

Many thanks for your comment and additional information to both ourselves and Diane Marr - Administrator
Added by Kenneth Mackay on 25 October 2013
The Donald Hugh Cumming in the picture is my father and he is off the Clashmore cummings not the Embo ones ~ Many thanks for the information ~ Administrator
Added by Louise Matheson on 20 February 2017
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'Youngsters Report on Witch Trial'Looking Back - Ross HouseScary masks add to spooky Dornoch walkEmbo (School?) Ladies circa WW1Dornoch Academy pupils outing 1949Opening of Dornoch Academy 7 Jan 1913Dornoch Primary School photograph c 1970Morag Sutherland teaching at AcademyDornoch  Academy photograph 1937Old Academy Building (now Primary) 1963