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I was brought up in the highland orphanage Inverness now closed,is there anybody out there know of this place



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Dear Harold, in reply to your question, my mother and her sisters came to the Highland orphange in 1939 from Germany as part of the Kindertransport. The Liebmann girls were pictured upon their arrival by a local newspaper collecting a few toys from a local toy shop as they arrived in the UK with very little to their names.  Their youngest sister joined them some months later at only 6 months old, she lived with Mrs Ritchie in her private accomadation.  Apart from the names you have mentioned and the weekly walk to the church not much more was mentioned with the exception of mum's friend Flora McDonald who sadly died whilst in residence at the home.  I would love to learn more about the home from this time and would appreciate any information you are able to pass on. 

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Best wishes


Moira Hodges

I'm fascinated to read about the Highland Orphanage after all these years and it was by chance that I found this website when I Googled the Orphanage!  My aunt, Mrs Eva MacDonald,  was working at the Orphanage during the Second World War when I was a little girl.  She had married Peter MacDonald who, if my memory serves me correctly, worked at the Orphanage too and he may even have been an "old boy" from there.  At that time I believe there were about 100 children staying there.  I have lots of memories of the place as my mother and I would go and stay there from time to time and somewhere I have pictures of myself with Dagmar Liebmann, Mrs Ritchie, my Mum and my Auntie Eva taken in the grounds of the Orphanage.  Hope I can find them!  Because Dagmar was just a baby when she came and not, I believe, in very good health, my aunt had a lot to do with looking after her.  Mrs Richie' had a sister, Mrs Alexander, who lived in the US, and she was very good to the orphanage during the war years sending items which couldn't be had in the UK.  I was born in 1938 so I'm a little older than Dagmar.  Mrs Richie legally adopted Dagmar at some point but I don't recall when that took place exactly.

Dagmar was almost considered part of our family and used to spend part of the summer holidays with another of my Mum's sisters, my uncle and three girl cousins in Macduff, Banffshire, as we grew up, when I would also be there, so we knew each other pretty well in those days.  As is often the case we lost touch many years ago.  I know Dagmar married some time after I did, perhaps to a Norwegian?

Hi Audrey,

I can't believe I have only just seen your response from 5 years ago. Dagmar is my aunt and yes living in Norway, in fact I'm going to visit her in May. Would love to hear more and look at any photos you may have.

Look forward to hearing from you soon .

Hi there,

I know it has been a while since anyone posted on this thread but I have only just found this forum.

I have a friend looking for information on one of her relatives that she has never met.

Ada, was born in 1940 in the Northern Infirmary in Inverness. I don't know if she ever lived her mum but when her mum left Scotland, Ada definitely didn't go with her.  Ada wasn't left with a family member (as had happened with Ada's sibling) and I haven't found a marriage or death certificate for her. There was no notes on her birth certificate to say she had been adopted and so I wondered if she may have ended up at the orphanage.

There is no one within the family that knows anything helpful and my friend did not know of Ada's existence until last year.

If anyone can remember her or if anyone knows where I can find out if she was there, I would really appreciate it.

Many thanks

INVERNESS HIGHLAND ORPHANAGE REPORT from 1895 was being offered for sale on ebay - it may still be available: 

Anyone recognise the two little boys in this video?

I know there was a childrens home in Inverness called Rosedene it was on Island Bank Road 

Don't know his line is still in action.  Highland Orphanage moved from its original place up in Culduthel road to Victorian House Carrol on island bank road I think around 1957-58.  It dropped the name orphanage and was simply Carrol Children's Home.  First matron of the new place was Miss Isobell Holmes.

Over the next few years many of the archaic practises normal in institutions were dropped and the home was run as best Isobell could to reflect family life.  Much of Isobel's family were link cousins and aunts in good traditional Scots extended family tradition.  Discipline was still a little harsh but reflected the norms across society of the day.  Generally we felt very happy there, well fed, well dressed with a very very high success rate as we moved into adult hood.  I noted Rosedene was mentioned.  This was a council home and we knew it and we preferred to be where we were where Carrol was run independently by a trust.  Highland Orphanage trust. 

On the whole a very positive experience, with usual teenage angst of course and quite different from the old regime 

Thank you, Dave.


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