The caption from the P & J picture of July 5th 1932 reads - "the extension to Braemar bowling green was opened by Col. Farquarson(left). Miss M McHardy, daughter of the President, who is on the right, threw the first jack."
Local resident John Duff, thinks the McHardys in the photograph would have been the Chapel Brae, McHardys, who are apparently no longer represented in the village.
Mrs Isma Munro (nee McAndrew, of Morningside, Braemar) who now lives in Invergordon, and a retired school-teacher, will be 90 in a week or two (mid-May 2011). Although with poor eyesight has provided this additional information and names the following:-
“The man on the extreme left (as I look at the photo), with the soft hat and the white beard, was my
maternal grandfather, Alexander Grassie Cumming, always known as ‘A G’.
To his left, and at the back, the man in the dark suit and with the black hair, was my father, Albert McAndrew, always known as ‘Bert’. Now the lady, about to throw the bowl, was a Miss McHardy, who lived at Mayfield, which she ran as a boarding house. Her father, who was a widower, lived there too. He is the one on her left. The other man looks familiar, but I cannot put a name to him at the moment.”
N.B John Duff advises – I think Mrs Munro means that Miss McHardy’s father is the one on her right as one looks at the photo ie the one with the beard. This would make the other one Col. Farquharson of Invercauld, as stated in the newspaper.
(Ed: See digitised photo below for a clearer definition)
Braemar Bowling Club, c1930. Courtesy of the Aberdeen Press & Journal
This is a digitised version of the above photograph.
Braemar Bowling Club, c1930. Courtesy of the Deeside Piper.