About us - A Potted History
would appear that the
Inverness Clachnacuddin Small Bore Rifle Club was formed
by 1913. We do not yet have many details of the early years of
records - and the memory of
our members - really starts around the time of the Second World
War. At this time the club shot in the Cameron
Barracks near Raigmore. In the 50's it moved to the Haugh, and in
the 60's moved to our current base for indoor shooting. For a
period up to 2003 we also had a 50
yard outdoor range at Dochfour.
I am still trying to locate info
and old shooters to find out more
about the early days of the club.
I have a copy of a K1314
(counterfoil) a range safety cert Number 4/77
dated 6/10/1977 shows the range to have been certified by the Army
under office file 625/82G for .22 LR up to 2000ft/second scan.
An copy letter dated 30th
November 1973 to the NSRA reference 625/336G
refers to a safety certificate number 706 for the range at
Kinmylies. Point two indicates that "to increase safety of the
range the Secretary (Mr J Nicol) has been advised to put hardboarding
in front of the bullet catchers..."
Assorted letters from 1990, 1997
and 2003 have not been scanned.
From Brian Woodall of the
NRSA June 2007
Dear Dr Malone
A quick glance at some of our records suggests that there may well need
to be some detective work!!!
Firstly SMRC/NSRA affiliations numbers in the area of 4800 did not
appear before World War 2.
All the SMRC's written records were destroyed in the blitz of
early-1941, so the earliest original forms we have are from when clubs
started to replace them in mid-1941. The form for club 4838 is for
"Inverness-shire Rifle Club, Small Bore", officials D H McNeill
(President) and Charles Watt (Secretary and Treasurer), dated 22nd
March 1952. Subsequently the word "Inverness-shire" has been
replaced in manuscript with "Clachnacuddin". There is also a
change in the indoor range used from "Cameron Barracks" to
"Clachnacuddin". The outdoor range at Dochfour is also a later
manuscript addition. I will be happy to send you a photocopy of
However there was another - "Inverness Small Bore Rifle Club" -
membership number 801, for whom we have an affiliation form dated 30th
May 1942 - no indoor range, but outdoors at 25, 50 and 100 yards at
Holme House Gardens. For this club the officials were F J Kelly
(President), Archibald Craigmile (Secretary) and H Sweeney (Treasurer).
801 certainly suggests early affiliation.
Clubs can sometimes be difficult to find in The Rifleman - my most
frequent means is in the lists of winners of the Bell Medal (now
certificate). I have found W Fraser winning the Daily Express
medal in 1922, but earlier details will take more searching as in the
the club numbers were not given and the clubs were not listed in
alphabetical order. However the other easy search vehicle, the
very comprehensive index to The Rifleman from 1906 to 1908, includes no
reference to Inverness either as a county association or as a club.
As you have trophies going back some time, there may be some clues in
the names of individuals that can be found on both them and in other
early printed material. For example Inverness-shire is first
shown as awarding an SMRC County Silver Medal in 1921. Early
winners are shown as belonging to the Wardlaw, Beauly and Culloden
clubs, but there are also winners where the club is Inverness - T Burry
in 1921, W J Bethune in 1923, W Fraser in 1925 (see above), F J Kelly
in 1926 (see above) and J M Hutchinson in 1928.
The other handy printed records are the NRA's Proceedings. Around
this time each annual volume includes a list of affiliated clubs, and
were more miniature clubs than full-range clubs affiliated to
them. The first reference to Inverness as a miniature club is as
affiliating for the first time in 1913, with the affiliation number
2684, Secretary F W Fraser. It may not have been active during WW1 as it
is listed with the original details, but marked as not having paid an
affiliation fee. It then re-appears in 1920 with W Ross as
and W R Macdonald in 1921 to 23, D R Macdonald 1924 and 1925 and W
Fraser 1926 (? a father and son possibility).
I hope that this gives you a start and will let you know if I find more.
The one thing I mention in relation to these sort of enquiries is to
consult the local newspapers, either at the reference library or the
newspapers themselves. Miniature rifle shooting was a patriotic
activity and frequently involved the local nobility and leading
citizens. The activities of the club, and certainly its
formation, are very likely to have been the subject of local press
From: Dr Jon Malone [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 19 June 2007 11:58
To: Brian Woodall
Subject: club roots
We are trying to find out when our club was first 'on the radar'.
We have cups/trophies that appear to go back to 1912 and 1921 but we
have no paper that supports these dates.
The club is known as
Clachnacuddin Small Bore
But it might also have been
Inverness Small Bore Rifle
our current number with the NSRA is 04838 (I believe)
It would be much appreciated if you could shed any light on the
earliest date that you believe we were in existance/existence.
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feel free to use it as
you wish and will find helpful.
you may like to hold on
for the envelope to be posted tomorrow. In addition to the two
affiliation forms there are two further copies from The Rifleman.
Unstructured browsing is not always successful, but in this case two
items came to hand. One from March 1921 includes the words "The
Inverness Rifle Club is not yet a year old, ....". The second
from February 1924 talks of "This is the fourth season in which
Inverness RC have entered the Burroughes & Watts competition,
.....". Both these suggest a re-formation around 1920, following a
possibly very short span of life before the war.
own club at Ludlow had a
somewhat similar history. It was set up around 1901 and closed
down at the time of the First World War. Trophies had been donated and
these seem to have been lodged with a local bank and rested there for
over 30 years until a new club was put together after WW2.
Somehow they managed to convince the bank to release the trophies,
which are still in use today. Bearing in mind the shorter period
of apparent shutdown in Inverness, maybe the same people were involved
before and after the War, making the hand-on of the 1912 trophy that
good luck with your
research. If I find any more of substance, I'll let you
know. When you come to look at the club's shooting history
more detail, there will be
plenty of information here of interest. The 1924 item refers to the
club's performance in the Burroughes & Watts
we will have the full
results. I know that Inverness shot in the first running of the
Scottish Cup KO competition in 1921, even if you were knocked out in
the first round! I have also seen Inverness club members shooting
in the Inverness County Team in the Queen Alex during the 1920s.