There were (and are) many Patiences in Avoch but few elsewhere, and these can often be traced back to Avoch. The origins of this surname and of the MacLemans are obscure. The names appear in the 18th century rent rolls.
The text on the picture reads:
“When ‘Patience’ is not a virtue - In the Black Isle village of Avoch the most common surname is Patience, and posties have often difficulty in knowing which letters are for which Patiences”