Kildonan, Helmsdale Cemetery (KI-E)

HELMSDALE BURIAL GROUND
Our code KI-E

Helmsdale, from the Norse Hjalmundal, Dale of the Helmet,
is a large cemetery which is still in use today.

Photographed and transcribed by Joan Murray, Helmsdale, 2003. A few photographs were taken by Christine in 2004.

Please note that with all our inscriptions all Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac.

CLYNE, Sutherland, Scotland - PLACES

Photographs of Clyne people, places and interesting items gathered by members of the County Sutherland mailing list.
For further information see www.countysutherland.co.uk
This is an ongoing project - if you wish to add any items please contact me

CLYNE - Kirkton (CL-C)

Clyne Kirkton Burial Ground, Clyne
Our code CL-C
© Christine Stokes 2007
The available church records begin only in 1834, but it is known that a church was built in 1775 at Clynekirkton, on the site of a former church. This church was dedicated to St. Aloyne and according to a minister writing in 1908, it had to be enlarged in 1826 and the enlarged church had three aisles and three galleries and could seat nearly 1000 people. At the disruption in 1843, the great majority of the congregation left the parish church so the galleries were removed and seating for 300 was ample for those who remained.
In 1889/1890 Mr Houston of Kintradwell Farm offered to present a harmonium to assist with the service of Praise, but the congregation rejected the offer. However , the new minister, the Rev. J. Spark, persuaded them to have a meeting of the congregation in the public school and after some discussion it was agreed to accept Mr Houston's offer. Mr Spark was so pleased with the decision that he wrote in bold lettering in the Kirk Session minute book - May 4th 1890- Instrumental Music introduced to the services.
At the beginning of the century the church at Clynekirkton was found to be too remote for the population. Strath Brora had been so tragically cleared and now the majority of people lived in Brora village. Clyne Kirkton closed it’s doors for the last time in 1906. The minister at the time, the Reverend J. Spark, contributed greatly to the smooth passage of the worship and the congregation to the new church in Victoria Road. The new church was dedicated in June 1907.

Christine Stokes has visited and photographed all stones at Clyne Kirkton during 2002, 2003 & 2004. I have to say that this is the most difficult burial ground I have covered. The first visit more so than later ones after the burial ground was cleaned up by Clyne Heritage with help from POSH members. Biggest problem was photographing over so many years, waiting for stones to be brought out of the mess but hopefully now have most of them recorded.

Carole McBeath, Glasgow, has kindly helped with checking the transcriptions from photographs - a difficult job! Iain Sutherland, Yorkshire, & Grant Forsyth, Fife, helped with manual work during the big clean up plus Ron Patrick, Ontario, painted the old gates. POSH also paid money for the necessary tools as well as a substantial donation at the close of POSH.

GOLSPIE - St Andrews (GO-B)

St Andrews Churchyard, Golspie
Our code GO-B

Updated 19th April 2015

Photographed and transcribed
by Christine Stokes & Sheila Mackay
During 2002-2003 with repeat visits in 2005 & 2006. Since then much help has been received from Shirley Sutherland, Golspie, to whom I am most grateful.

Please note that with all our inscriptions all Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac.

A large number of the old stones in St Andrew’s are now becoming virtually impossible to read. The original inventory of this burial ground was carried out in 1972 by Margaret Wilson Grant, Golspie. In Golspie many people chose only to put only their initials on their gravestone – these are very old stones and believed to have been mostly erected prior to 1800. The earliest stones here date back to the 1600s. Many of these stones carry heraldic shields with the initials of the dead. A great number of the memorial stones are flat on the ground. At the time of the main A9 being widened at this point a large number of stones were moved from their original positions to the rear of the church.

There has been a church on the site of the present St Andrew's since the early Middle Ages. The existing Church building was begun in the 1730's, after the medieval building had fallen into serious disrepair. The present Church was completed in 1739, but a combination of structural problems and the need for more seating led to an extension being added in 1751. This Church has served the parish throughout the ensuing 250 years. St. Andrew's is probably the finest little post-Reformation country church in Scotland, with richly carved eighteenth century pulpit canopy and laird's loft.

St Andrew’s is a very large cemetery. The oldest part, in front of the church, has stones back as far as 1600, many of which are now completely illegible. Around the rear of the church the stones begin to spread up the hill until eventually you are in the newest section which is where the people of Golspie bury their dead today. Here we have listed the transcriptions from the old section of St Andrew’s Churchyard. You may like to take a look at the last couple of pages in this album to see the way very old stones were marked.

This burial ground is currently being updated and many date errors etc. are being fixed. If it is a while since you visited worth checking.

GOLSPIE - new cemetery (GO-A)

Note: today added in quite a few photographs. Many thanks to Shirley Sutherland, Golspie.
14/11/2015

Although part of St Andrew's churchyard the new section is up the hill behind the older section.
PLEASE NOTE;
these are not all the burial stones in the new section. This cemetery is used today and I have not photographed those where very recent burials are recorded and also where one half of a couple have died. As time goes by I may add to this.

Please also note that the numbers: 188, 192, 213 & 216 are spare numbers - not used.

GOLSPIE Main Street

Golspie Main Street
A project by members of www.countysutherland.co.uk
Using the listings from our website you can now take a walk along Main Street. Many, many thanks to Shirley Sutherland, Golspie, who took most of the photographs for us. A fabulous job Shirley. Thanks also to all those people who shared memories, helped position people etc.
Visit www.countysutherland.co.uk and click on Golspie to view the details of the photographs. If anyone wishes a copy of any photograph please email me.
Note there are also many photographs of Main Street in our Golspie Places album

Maps of Sutherland

These maps are here simply to help with your genealogy researching.
Unlike all other albums you should be able to click on the photograph to see larger version and then right click to save to your computer.
Further details on www.countysutherland.co.uk

Farr - Strathy (FA-E)

Strathy Burial Ground, Farr - (our code FA-E)
This large burial ground was photographed by Christine Stokes & Sheila Mackay during June 2005
Transcribed by Christine Stokes

Strathy burial ground is situated in a lovely spot overlooking the sea, though very hilly! It is a reasonably well looked after cemetery with few badly damaged stones. I have a number of very recent stones from this cemetery which I have not included here.

last updated 30th April 2015

CLYNE - Brora (CL-B)

CLYNE BRORA BURIAL GROUND
0ur code CL-B
This cemetery was opened about 1880 but was not much used until the early 20th century. At this time Clynekirkton was becoming full and the population becoming more concentrated in the village of Brora. This cemetery is still used by the people of Brora today.

The cemetery, and its new extension, contains about 880 tombstones which can roughly be split as follows - around the walls about 60 tombstones mostly before 1950, several vertical plots immediately inside the gates with about 250 tombstones. This is the oldest part of the cemetery going back to about 1880. Eighteen horizontal plots containing about 540 tombstones mostly from about 1940 onwards and the new extension containing only about 30 tombstones.

During 2002 & 2003 this cemetery was visited, photographed & transcribed by Bill O’Brien, Brora; Christine Stokes, England & Sheila Mackay, Edinburgh

The following inscriptions include all the oldest stones in this cemetery. Very recent stones are not shown.

CREICH, Sutherland, Scotland

Photographs of Creich people, places and interesting items gathered by members of the County Sutherland mailing list.
For further information see www.countysutherland.co.uk

This is an ongoing project - if you wish to add any items please contact me

LAIRG (LA-A)

LAIRG cemetery
The ancient church of Lairg stood in what is still the local burial ground, taking its name and giving the parish its name, from the locality, Lairg – Gaelic Laorig meaning an area of land sloping towards water – a perfect description of the situation of the ancient Church and Churchyard (Rev. J L Goskirk writing in A History of Lairg, Lesley Ketteringham)

The old church and churchyard of Lairg stood on the northern bank of Loch Shin about half a mile from the village. In 1843 the congregation left the established church and built their own church at the foot of the loch. The old church, a plain simple building, was left to fall into ruin so that now only the site remains but the people continued to bury there. Throughout the 19th century sculptured stones replaced the heaped turf and rough flags of an earlier period; today there is a fine extension to the burial ground.

This burial ground was visited by Christine Stokes in summer 2003 and again in 2006 when the newer stones were photographed. Please note that there are many missing photographs in the very old section but all known inscriptions are shown. I am hoping to revisit Lairg later this year and to photograph more of the oldest stones.

Please also note that as with all my transcriptions all Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac. This facilitates easier indexing for me and easier searching for you!

If you can help out with any of my missing photographs please contact me. Many thanks.

Please note that most married women in Scotland continued to use their maiden names throughout their lives especially when being buried. It is standard to see Ann Morrison, wife of John Mackenzie etc.

ROGART - new cemetery (RO-A)

The new cemetery at Rogart lies in the valley opposite the old Kirk of St Callan. It is a very pretty spot and a very well kept cemetery.

All old stones as recorded by Cowper & Ross in the late 1970s are included here.

This is a work in progress and new inscriptions may be added later this year. I photographed and transcribed this cemetery with the help of Sheila Mackay over a number of years. We have a considerable amount of genealogical information on the people of Rogart. If you are researching here please feel free to contact me

Please note that with all our inscriptions all Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac. This facilitates easier indexing for us and easier searching for you

A news report from 1905 reads:
"Some time ago several meetings of the ratepayers were held to consider the condition of the burying ground (St Callan’s), and the urgent necessity for its extension or the procuring of new ground. After certain steps had been taken with regard to it, the matter was allowed to fall into abeyance owing, principally, to the impossibility of finding, in a convenient situation, suitable ground for the purpose.
Now that a croft in close proximity to the present burying-ground, and suitable in every respect, has become vacant a short time ago, through the surviving tenant having given up her right thereto, the Parish Council has taken the matter seriously in hand and at their meeting on Monday Rev Mr Macdonald, after referring to the present burying-ground, which he characterised as inadequate for the requirements of the parish, as being in a highly unbecoming state, and as an extension was by no means feasible, moved that the requisite steps be taken for the procuring of a new burying-ground.
Rev M Mackintosh having seconded, it was unanimously agreed to approach the Duke of Sutherland, proprietor of the croft, with the object of getting immediate possession of it, so that there would be no further delay in the matter, the urgent necessity of the case calling for prompt action. It was also stated that the present burying-ground would remain available for the burying of spouses and those related in the first degree to those interred in it. The following members of the Council were appointed a committee to carry out the arrangements: - Mr Alexander Murray, chairman of Council (convener); Rev Mr Macdonald, the Rev Mr Mackintosh and Messrs A S Innes and Mr Robert Matheson, with instructions to report to a special meeting tonight, after conferring with Mr D Maclean, factor for the landlord."

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CREICH - Tutim (CR-E)

Tutim, Creich
Photographed & Transcribed 2003 by Christine Stokes & Sheila Mackay

Please note that with all our inscriptions all Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac.

The graveyard at Tutim (a shortening of Tuiteam Tarbhach) lies up above the road through Strathoykel, near to the site of the old mill of Knockan. The barony of Strathoykel comprised land on either side of the River Oykel; part lay in Ross and Cromarty and part in Sutherland. For many centuries the barony belonged to the Rosses of Balnagown.

A horizontal cross-slab suggests that the graveyard marks an early ecclesiastical site. It was probably already a burial place at the time of the desperate battle which took place at Tuiteam Tarbhach in the early 1400s between a force led by Malcolm MacLeod of Lewis and the men of Sutherland and Strathnaver led by Alexander Moray or Murray of Culbin and Hucheon Dow Mackay. Only one of the MacLeod’s escaped. The rest are said to have been buried at Tutim.

The graveyard also served the lands of Achness, Inveran and others on the east side of the Cassley River. This was Munro country until about the mid-18th century. The graveyard remained in use after Strathoykel was cleared and given over to sheep farming in the last quarter of the 18th century. (Dr. Malcolm Bangor-Jones)

Christine Stokes and Sheila Mackay visited Tutim in June 2003. After the difficulty of finding the burial ground we did find it reasonable well looked after. There are a few fallen stones, some indistinct and others covered by turf. It is in a truly peaceful beautiful spot. The views from this burial ground are superb even although we had to shelter from the rain under the tree!

Creich, Glen Cassley (Auchness/Achness) (CR-A)

Achness Burial Ground, Glen Cassley, Creich Parish
(sometimes known as Auchness)
Please note that with all our inscriptions all Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac.

Achness was photographed and transcribed by the late Ron Patrick, Ontario, Canada, in September 2003.

According to tradition, the graveyard at Achness was established when a funeral from Rosehall could not get across the Cassley to reach Tutim. While perhaps not as old as Knockan, it was certainly established by the 1720s and may well date from the early 17th century. Achness was part of the what became known as the estate of Rosehall when bought by the Baillie family in 1748. The graveyard was enclosed by a wall by Lord Ashburton, the new owner of Rosehall, in 1809. Prior to that it was, like many of Highland graveyards, open to livestock. There is a stone to William Munro, the gardener at Rosehall who planted all the fir trees on the estate in the 18th century. He continued working until not long before his death in 1821 at the age of 104. (Dr. Malcolm Bangor-Jones)


Creich - Invershin (CR-C)

Invershin, Creich
Christine Stokes and Sheila Mackay visited this burial ground in June 2003 taking photographs & transcribing the inscriptions

Please note that with all our inscriptions all Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac. This facilitates easier indexing for us and easier searching for you

The lands of Invershin and Achinduich belonged to the estate of Skelbo. However, the graveyard at Invershin appears to date from after lands were acquired by the Sutherland family. It includes the grave of Andrew Young, who began as a salmon fisherman and died, a self-made man, tacksman of the extensive Shin and Kyle fisheries. The new extension to the graveyard remains in regular use. (Malcolm Bangor-Jones)

NEW INSCRIPTIONS ADDED 10th June 2015

DORNOCH - Golf Road (DO-A) Stones 300 - end

With close to 600 pictures I have had to divide this burial ground into two parts.

DORNOCH - Golf Road (DO-A) stones 1 - 299

Dornoch Golf Road Burial Ground - code DO-A

This is the burial ground by the Free Church of We have a considerable amount of genealogical information on many of the families buried here. Please contact me if you have a family buried or that lived in Dornoch.

Please note that with all my inscriptions Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac. This facilitates easier indexing for me and easier searching for you

Note: if you previously found your family inscription using Cowper & Ross it is worthwhile checking my lists also as there are a number of such stones which now have later inscriptions added to them.

20th May 2015 Note: part 1 of this huge burial ground has now been completely checked and repaired from any errors - if you spot anything wrong please let me know
In our index section you may download a new index covering all Dornoch apart from part 2 of this burial ground which I am working on now. Thank you for your patience.

You can contact me using the address shown at the foot of all pages of main website
www.countysutherland.co.uk

Kildonan - Kildonan church (KI-D)

Kildonan Churchyard, Strath Kildonan
Our code KI-D
This burial ground was transcribed & photographed by Bill O’Brien, Brora, in the summer of 2002. Christine & Sheila also visited in June 2006
Please note that with all our inscriptions all Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac.

Kildonan is the site of one of the earliest seats of Christianity in Britain. The church still standing in the Strath of Kildonan, was the place of worship for many in times gone by. When visiting Kildonan, one is struck by the total tranquillity of the place. On a warm summers day, there are few places on earth to surpass it. The church has now been restored and is used as a place of worship during Gatherings of the Clan Gunn. Generous donations are made by the Gunn Societies in North America and Nova Scotia, to assist with its up-keep.

Kildonan is of course known for the mass clearances which took place here. Once the home of many hundreds of families it later became the home of sheep. The Strath of Kildonan winds from Helmsdale, on the east coast of Sutherland, to the bleak settlement of Kinbrace 18 miles inland, and on another five miles to Loch Badanloch, the source of the Helmsdale River. Driving northwest up the Strath, once you have left the outskirts of Helmsdale behind there is barely a handful of inhabited houses until Kinbrace comes in sight. It was not always so. Kildonan was savagely cleared in the years between 1813 and 1819 - so savagely that these clearances provoked the first recorded dissent against the evictions anywhere in the Highlands.

At the beginning of the clearances large areas of upper Kildonan was entirely cleared, and the people offered tiny allotments of poor land on the cliff tops near Helmsdale (Badbea), or sent into exile in Canada - the choice of many of the younger people.
In 1819 the last inhabitants were cleared from lower Kildonan. This time there was no dissent; the people had learned by bitter experience that neither government, nor law courts, nor their church, would speak a word or lift a hand in their defence. They went quietly into exile; to Glasgow; to whatever patch of land they might be offered to scrape a living. Some went to join their kinsmen across the Atlantic. After the events of 1813, there had been further evictions and emigrations in 1815, when 700 Kildonan Clansfolk left for the Canadian settlements along the Red River and in Glengarry County. They had a hard time and had to fight both the harsh Canadian winter, Cree Indians and renegade Frenchmen. They called their new home Kildonan.

TONGUE - Melness (TO-A)

MELNESS BURIAL GROUND
TONGUE
(Our code TO-A)
Melness is a community of small crofting townships, comprising about 70 households (or about 100 houses), stretching for about five miles around the Kyle of Tongue. Melness Estate includes a couple of burns (streams), several beautiful beaches, a sheltered harbour and pier, several lochs, a couple of islands, and extensive peatlands.
The community of Melness has survived mainly as a close-knit core of indigenous crofters, many of whom are descended from the original folk who settled there after being removed from their holdings during the Clearances. They have a close relationship with the land, which they have worked daily for generations, and their community was built stone by stone by their forebears. Melness crofters are very proud of their heritage and extremely proud and supportive of their own folk. They have a keen sense of belonging to Melness and like to maintain their roots there. Indeed, many folk who have left Melness return regularly to visit their relatives and friends and to enjoy the local hospitality, whilst many others retire to their roots in Melness.
Melness burial ground is known as one of Scotland’s most scenic cemeteries. Christine Stokes and Sheila Mackay spent time during 2003 and 2005 visiting Melness and photographing all the gravestones with frequent stops to enjoy the absolutely stunning views! Unfortunately part of this burial ground consists of very old flat stones which are now no longer legible. Thankfully, many of these were recorded during the late 1970s by Cowper & Ross on behalf of the Scottish Genealogical Society. We have transcribed all legible stones, including many post 1855.
Many thanks to Mary Young for her invaluable help in transcribing this burial ground.

Last updated 7th May 2015

ASSYNT- Lochinver (AS-C)

LOCHINVER BURIAL GROUND
ASSYNT
(our code AS-C)
Please note that with all our inscriptions all Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac.

Lochinver was visited, photographed and transcribed during 2003 by Edward R Paxton, Limpsfield, Surrey
Christine Stokes & Sheila Mackay also visited later the same year and now the gallery includes some new views around the burial ground taken by Christine in 2006

The graveyard in the village of Lochinver lies on the north side of the mouth of the River Inver. It is an old graveyard and stood on the farm or township of Inver, probably near to where there had been a pre-Reformation chapel. The place was anciently known as Inveralerot. In the 17th century, the parish of Assynt was sometimes referred to as the parish of Inver and Bal na h-eaglais or Kirkton, in recognition of the two principal ecclesiastical sites in the parish. The parish church was originally at Kirkton which is nowadays known as Inchnadamph (source unknown).

Lochinver was founded by the Sutherland family as a village in 1812. An inn was established early on but it was not until 1831 that a small church/school was built and a smith and joiner built new houses. The Church of Scotland Kirk was previously the St Ninian’s Church of England in Nairn, built in 1844-45. It was dismantled and brought round to Lochinver and re-erected in 1903 on the site of the old church/school and local coffee house (Malcolm Bangor-Jones, Historic Assynt).

Unlike many burial grounds in Sutherland Lochinver does not have very old stones. The condition of the burial ground is reasonable. There are very few broken stones. There was a quarry near Pollan in the early 1850s which produced 'special' stone - there are various gravestones in Lochinver and Inchnadamph made from it and also chimney pieces etc in Lochinver.

KILDONAN - Navidale (KI-G)

Navidale Burial Ground, Kildonan
(St Ninian’s cemetery)
our code KI-G

Photographed by Bill O’Brien, Brora, in summer 2002
Our gallery also shows some recent photographs taken on a glorious evening in 2006 by Christine Stokes
It was at Navidale in the early 5th century that Saint Ninian, Apostle to the Picts of Scotland, established a Christian community. These early missionaries had an unerring eye for a pleasant and strategic spot. On a fertile spit of land, flanked on either side by burns and sheltered from the harsh northerly winds, Saint Ninian built a chapel where the ancient churchyard now stands, and in a wide ranging circle around it erected a wall of turf and stone (still to be seen in places) within which fugitives from justice and injustice alike might find sanctuary from their enemies.
Sir Robert Gordon, writing in the early 17th century, tells us that in 1556 the chapel was burned, probably in an outburst of reforming zeal, by an invading force from Strathnaver, and within living memory blackened stones were occasionally found when graves were being dug. All that is now to be seen are the ancient baptismal fonts.
Today there are only about 54 stones here although it is believed that there were many more burials than stones.

Please note that with all our inscriptions all Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac.

LOTH PARISH, Loth Churchyard (LO-A)

LOTH CHURCHYARD
This is the only known burial ground in Loth parish but it is worth checking Kildonan parish also.

Prior to the Clearances Loth church was the Kirk for the coastal area. The precentor led the psalm singing here in the absence of any instrument. Seating arrangements round the table enabled communicants to sit as a family. An unusual arrangement.

This churchyard was photographed and transcribed during 2003 by Joan Murray, Helmsdale.

Please note that with all our inscriptions all Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac.

CREICH - Bonar (CR-B)

Creich Burial Ground
Near Bonar Bridge
The graveyard at Creich is on an ecclesiastical site of considerable antiquity and contains several important features. Just outside the graveyard is St Denham’s Cross, an upright stone or slab with a large but simple incised Celtic Cross. It may well have been a preaching cross and thus marked the centre of Christian worship in the area. The name, St Denham is after St Devenic, a Celtic saint. The medieval church of Creich was dedicated to St Devenic. It was the site of a local fair until at least the 17th century.

The medieval church was rebuilt in the 1770s and remained in use until 1913 when a new Church of Scotland was built in Bonar Bridge. The footings of the old church lie within the graveyard which also contains the roofless burial chapel of the Grays of Creich, one of the several lines of Grays descended from a son of Sir Alexander Gray of Fowlis near Dundee who fled to Ross-shire after committing a murder in the 15th century.

The graveyard contains several old stones of particular interest, including a slab commemorating Donald Logan, the chanter of Caithness and reader in the parish of Creich after the Reformation, who died in 1598. Since a record was made of this stone in 1910, it has weathered almost beyond recognition, underlining the case for bringing special stones such as this one under cover (Malcolm Bangor-Jones)

Creich burial ground was visited & photographed by Christine Stokes in Autumn 2001 and again in 2003. Sadly my photographs are not good. Have a new, much better camera since and hope to return to Creich to redo. I have put this album up solely as I think you have all waited long enough! Creich new section is large and there are many stones. More will follow in due course.
Thank you for your patience. Christine

DORNOCH St Barrs Cathedral (DO-C)

Dornoch St Barr's Churchyard (Cathedral)
our code DO-C
On the eastern coast of Sutherland, at the mouth of the Dornoch Firth, a settlement, Dornoch, has been in existence from at least 1100 and probably before that. Dornoch was formerly the seat of the Bishop of Caithness. In 1222, a bishop, Gilbert de Moravia, was consecrated there. While a young man, and a canon of the church of Moray, he greatly distinguished himself on behalf of the independence of the Scottish church. He later built the Cathedral of Dornoch. During his time as a bishop he was a leading figure in national affairs of church and state in Scotland. Gilbert died at Scrabster, Caithness on 1st April 1245. It was said that he was ‘one of the noblest and wisest ecclesiastics the medieval church produced’. He was the last Scotsman to whom a place was given in the Calendar of Saints.
Around the mid 1800s the Church of Dornoch underwent extensive repairs, and considerable additions were made to it solely for the private convenience of the Sutherland family. During the progress of these works, the churchyard, in which the inhabitants had buried their dead for time immemorial, presented the most revolting spectacle imaginable, being strewed with human bones, skulls, and pieces of coffins, etc., exhumed by the workmen employed in digging for the foundations of the new extension.... the tomb-stones which indicated the resting places of these unfortunate dead were rudely thrown aside, and afterwards not replaced nor preserved, but used, it is said, in the formation of a new enclosure wall. Eventually, after much upset, a new churchyard was formed at a distance from the town (Golf Road), and where, ultimately, the surplus earth, etc. was removed from the old churchyard. Whether it was that the inhabitants disliked the idea of being buried beyond the sound of the church bell, or apart from their relatives, or from whatever other cause, it is certain the dying made it a last special request that they should be buried in some of the neighbouring parishes. It was some time before the new graveyard was used.
Today there are sadly many broken and damaged stones here in the Cathedral graveyard. Some have fallen face down making reading the inscription impossible. The following inscriptions show all the old stones here which are legible. Sadly there are many stones we just cannot find despite Sheila and I visiting many times. However all the transcriptions are included here thanks to earlier recordings and local people. We will try again next year! Photographed by Christine.

NEW I have added a photograph to the album showing the view of the burial ground from above. This clearly shows how many stones are now underground, both flat stones and fallen stones.

last updated 5th May 2015

Assynt, Elphin (AS-A)

The small graveyard at Elphin dates from the 1820s. The crofting townships of Elphin and Knockan expanded considerably in 1812 when they were resettled by many families cleared from elsewhere in the parish. With no road out, the people established their own graveyard.

This burial ground was visited in 2003 by Angi Lamb, Edinburgh,
who checked all transcriptions and took a full set of photographs.
Gallery includes few new photographs taken by Christine Stokes in 2005

DORNOCH - Proncynain (DO-B)

PRONCYNAIN Burial Ground, Dornoch
Our code DO-B
Photographed & transcribed by Christine Stokes
2002
This cemetery is the youngest burial ground around Dornoch. The oldest stone is around 1940. People in Dornoch use this cemetery at the present time. I have listed the oldest stones and these are shown on the following pages.
There are many other gravestones at Proncynain too recent for inclusion here. If you are looking for a specific recent stone please contact Christine Stokes to see if a photograph is available.

A few more stones have now been added to this album.
last updated 5th May 2015

FARR - Clachan (Bettyhill) (FA-B)

Clachan Churchyard, Bettyhill, is nowadays the Clan Mackay Museum.
Christine Stokes took many photographs here in both 2003 and 2006. Cathy Wagner, Ontario, also took many in 2004 and kindly donated these. Unfortunately we have a quite large number of photographs which I am struggling with hence a number of stones in the oldest section with no photograph. If anyone can donate any of the missing stones in the meantime this would be wonderful.
You will also find many, many photographs here which were not included in earlier transcriptions of this burial ground.
All Mc and Mac names are shown here as Mac

FARR - Bunahoun (FA-A)

Bunahoun Burial Ground
Strathalladale, Farr
Our code FA-A

Transcribed and photographed by Christine Stokes & Sheila Mackay who visited Bunahoun in June 2003
Our visit to Bunahoun was late in the evening while the sun was setting. Unfortunately in our rush to get back down the strath before it was pitch black a few we missed taking photographs of a few stones. Hope to go back and capture those in 2007

Please note that with all our inscriptions all Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac.

Kinlochbervie, Polin & Handa

Polin, Handa Island & Kinlochbervie Free Church, Eddrachillis - ED-F

The three places shown above are tiny. Here are the details I have.

POLIN, EDDRACHILLIS
There are no inscribed stones here but some rough marker stones. This old burial ground is situated between Oldshoremore burial ground and Polin township. In the Statistical Account of Scotland (1791-99) the minister of Eddrachillis noted that distance and poor roads have made the people bury at places most convenient to their homes so that there were eight burial places and that this made it impossible to keep records. This ground is known locally as ‘Macdonald’s Burial Place’. (Cowper & Ross).

HANDA ISLAND
Reputed to be the burial place of many but now only one single stone remains with the name MACDONALD.
Geoff Holmes in his book ‘Wrath & Reay’ writes of Handa Island: “Behind the beach at Port an Eilean is an old graveyard not only used by the people of the island but also by ‘mainlanders’, as in the middle ages Sutherland was plagued by wolves”.

KINLOCHBERVIE FREE CHURCH
According to the research carried out by Cowper & Ross in the late 1980s
There is only a cairn and tablet here inscribed:
Robert Summers STRONACH, C.B.E. Honourable Brigadier General, Proprietor Kinlochbervie Estate 1922 – 1930, died 25 March 1930.

EDDRACHILLIS - Scourie (ED-G)

Scourie is a village on the north-west coast, about halfway between Ullapool and Durness. The village is very popular for walking and tourism. Angling is a popular attraction due to the large number of freshwater lochs nearby. The hills around are home to herds of red deer and there are a number of small, isolated lochs in the area, which are rich in trout.
Scourie is a delightful place to stay for a few days. We stayed in Scourie while taking the photographs of the burial ground here and in Oldshoremore. The sunsets over Scourie bay were simply stunning.