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Elsie "Gallie" and others

Date Added: 24 April 2008 Year Range: 1890 - 1910 Institution Name: dnhhl Cat No: | 2007_181_05 | Picture No: 3309

B/w laser photocopy of photo of a group of people baiting lines at Embo. Man standing at left, boy standing, two women and two men sitting in front of a tall fence with a basket and bucket in front of them, and another woman standing and holding something that could be seaweed. Caption at bottom "Baiting Lines Highland Fishing Village" and on right side "Embo Village". On reverse: " Elsie "Gallie" centre?". Quality of copy is poor. On same sheet as 2007.181.04.

Dimensions: A5


Elsie "Gallie" was the mother of Iris Bonthrone(nee Fraser) 9 Terrace street Embo. There is a remarkable resemblance between Elsie in the photo and Iris as she is now. Comment left on 18 November 2009 at 23:31 by John Mackay. x Embo now Marybank Ross-shire.
I too knew Elsie aigh Gallie as the mother of Alastair, George and Iris Fraser of 9 Terrace Street, Embo. That being so this photo could not have been taken in 1890 as Elsie was only born in the early 1900s. This photo must have been taken in the late 1920s. Can someone not identify the other people in the photo? The boy and the woman sitting next to Elsie look so familiar but I can't put names to them. Comment left on 21 November 2009 at 20:24 by Kenneth Mackay ex Embo now South Africa
This could not have been my mother (Elsie Gallie), as she was only born in 1913; and died 1970 aged 57 years old - could have been a relative of hers. I know my Aunt Jessie (Gallie) was more into the fishing than my mother and she was born in 1900 - looks more like my Aunt Jessie ( my mother's sister) who lived at 2 Terrace Street (and everyone says I look a lot like her)
Sorry can't help with who the other people are.
Comment left on 15 May 2018 at 19:36 by Iris Bonthrone Many thanks for confirming the identity of Jessie. Administrator
This could not have been my mother (Elsie Gallie) - as she was born in 1913 and died in 1970 aged 57 years old. My Aunt Jessie (Gallie) lived at 2 Terrace Street, Embo - and she always talked about the fishing, and how hard it was - but she was born in 1900 and died in 1980 (aged 80 years old).
You are right John, everyone says I look a lot like my Aunt Jessie, and as she had no children, spent my childhood between No 11 and No 2 Terrace Street.
Must be a relative, as resembles more my Aunt Jessie than my mother. Sorry can't be of more help
Comment left on 15 May 2018 at 20:00 by Iris Bonthrone
Great photo. Jessie and Elsie were my aunts. Their brother, my father, was Sinclair Mackay. Born 1910 and died 1990. Realise our 'by' name was Gallie. Why? I have just started researching our family history. It is a bit confusing with so many Mackays and Frasers. Good to see Iris' comments. It was good to see her 3 years ago. I recall Auntie Jessie preparing and packing to go off to Yarmouth. Comment left on 11 January 2019 at 12:11 by Elma (Elizabeth) Sesia
Hello Iris and Elma,

I have given some thought as to who why Elsie and Jessie had the by name Gallie. I remember that that Elsie's elder son was Alastair and that we used to call him Allie or Fratie. It is quite possible that Elsie and Jessie's dad was also an Alastair and that he too was nicknamed Allie. So they became Elsie and Jessie aigh Allie.
Comment left on 23 January 2019 at 17:24 by Kenneth Mackay
I just had another look at this photograph and realized that the handwriting on its edge is identical to the writing I have seen on other photographs of Embo people. These other writings were identified as being that of Sandy MacFarlane the writer of the famous Embo song "Grannies Heilan Hame". Sandy and his Embo born wife and US born daughters visited Embo several times in the mid 1920s so my suspicion is that this photo was from that same era...the mid 1920s. Comment left on 05 January 2024 at 15:42 by Kenneth Mackay
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