"Hi there, the bedrooms were hugh, I was there from a very early age, and at one point was the youngest child for several years, there was room for at least 10 to twelve beds in one room, and there was at least two rooms which had at least 14…"
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…"
"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…"
"Hello Moira,I remember Dagmar Liebmann as i used to play with her sometimes,but Mrs Ritchie did not like it but i don't seem to recall her having sisters,do you still have the pictures from the local newspapers,I think i saw your father once he…"
"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…"
"Hi Both Harolds
I too am a Douglas descendant and I have worked with disabled teenagers for the last ten years. I drove down Island Bank road in Inverness two weeks ago, admiring some of the big houses there. Didn't realise the sad…"
"Hello Marylane,Thank you for your reply,Yes Mrs Rictche was matron while i was there and Miss White.the school teachers were Miss Mcbain and Mr Fraser the head master and he used to enjoy giving the strap and he did things that today would get him…"
"Hello Harold, Thanks for your early reply, I personally don't remember you as I was very young when I went there also, but I did call my sister Jean who is 75 now to see if she remembered you, but unfortunately she was out when I called,…"
"Hello Marylane,Always a pleasure to receive a message from someone who has been through same sort of thing than i but so lone ago,i am now 79,how did i get to the orphange that was my Mother had died when i was born i have two brothers my father…"
" I was in the Highland Orphange when it closed and moved to the new building called Carroll Childrens Home, on Island Bank Road, there were a total of 18 children still there. I was sent to the Hightland Orphanage at the age of 19…"
I found the following POW information on Ancestry.co.uk that might about your Dad. I guess the best way to verify the information would be to match his service number. If you don't have it you could probably request his records from the UK National Archives:
I too was called Harry but lost the nickname when I joined the Army.
It sounds like you were named after your uncle Harold Dixon Douglas who recently died at the age of 94. I visited Inverness a few years ago, but sadly wasn't aware he was alive at the time. I'm in contact with his daughter.
Good luck with your search and let me know if I can help in any way.
The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.
Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.
Professions also help.
'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.
Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?