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Embo group photograph
Embo group photograph

Monochrome photograph of a group of Embo men and women in front of a tent. Margaret Mackay (who became Margaret Button) is seated on the right with Maggie Bonner sitting next to her at the centre of the group.
Picture added on 02 March 2009
The man seated at left in middle row is John (Johnnie) Mackay of School Street, Embo who worked as a gardener at Skibo Castle for many years. He was a very skilled gardener and his home vegetable and flower gardens were by far the best in Embo! His brother Sandy Mackay was the ( last?) ferryman at the Meikle Ferry. I think that the photo must have been taken later than 1920 as Johnnie looks just like I remember him in the late 1940s.
Many thanks for another of your wonderful comments. Yes I believe you are right about the date, the clothes don't look like 1920's style either - Administrator
Added by Kenneth Mackay on 20 September 2010
The young women on the left seated on her knees is surely my great aunt Annie Murray. If not, this young lady is a spitting image of her. Annie, is the daughter of Thomas Murray (b. 1889, Clyne). His father Thomas Murray (1847-1928) was born on the family croft on Embo Street, Dornoch. Annie emigrated to Canada and is still alive. She is now 94 years old. I am going to send her this picture to confirm that it is her. She still has all of her wits about her. I wonder how my family might be connected to the other people in this picture.
Added by Elizabeth Sutherland Murray on 18 May 2019
I sent a copy of this picture to my great Aunt Annie Murray, age 94 (kneeling on the left) and this what she wrote in a letter to me - "Where on earth did you find that photgraph? It was taken at a camp picnic. That other girl was my best friend. Her family came up from the Dunfermline every year, first to camp on the links and later they bought a house in Embo and stayed there during the rest of the year when her dad retired. The lady in the back is Catherine's mother and her brother who is older than Catherine. The in back of Bruce is an Embo friend, Maggie Button. The man on the left helped Catherine's dad with the garden. I can't remember the names of the other two ladies." - How wonderful, thank you very much for sharing that with us, I hope it brought lots of happy memories back for your Great Aunt. Administrator.
Added by Elizabeth Sutherland Murray on 09 August 2019
I got this photo from my Dad who was Kenneth Button, his Mum, My Nan, Megan Button, nee Mackay is sitting on a chair to the right of the picture, she lived at 7.Back street. The lady sitting next to her I think is Maggie Boner.
Added by Kenneth Button on 28 September 2019
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