Rose was born Rosalind Macgrath in Glasgow in 1936 and was fostered out, spending her school days in Kiltarlity. On leaving school Rose trained to be a nurse in Glasgow.
In June 1964 Rose came to be the District Nurse for Stratherrick & Foyers when Nurse Katie Fraser retired . She soon came to be a well known figure in the district as she carried out her duties in the wee nurse’s mini van. Rose stayed at the Nurse’s Cottage in Lochmore Village , Gorthleck . In 1976 Rose married widower Fergus Fortune and moved to the Phoenix Errogie, where they spent over 25 happy years together till Fergus passed away March 2010 just short of his 101 birthday. In 2012 Rose moved from Stratherrick to stay in sheltered housing in Inverness and in August 2014 passed away.
Rose became an integral part of the community during her forty eight years in Stratherrick taking part in all aspects of rural life . If Rose visited a household socially it was always her custom to bring a small gift with her .
The Red Cross Society benefited greatly from Rose’s contribution in the district, as she organised Sales of Work, formed a junior branch that had sponsored walks and Red Cross week collectors. Rose was involved with organizing the senior citizens yearly Christmas meals initially at Stratherick Hall and latterly at local hotels. The senior citizens were kept involved within the community, as Rose organised bus trips including a meal out and started a visiting group for the elderly. Keep Fit, Slimmers Classes and a Ladies Weekly Walking group were some of the activities she started and ran in her spare time, not that there was much time as she lived life to the full. Rose also restarted the Mothers and Toddlers group after it had been in abeyance for several years .
Rose was very keen on photography a recorded some of the events going on in the district and others involving excursions from the area. She also photographed some of the people in their homes or at work she met whilst on nursing duties between 1968-72.
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