Creich, Glen Cassley (Auchness/Achness) (CR-A)
Sep 1, 2003

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)

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CREICH - Bonar (CR-B)
Jun 1, 2003

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

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Creich - Invershin (CR-C)
Jun 1, 2003

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)


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CREICH - Migdale (CR-D)
Jun 1, 2006

Migdale Free Church
There is only one stone here.
At the request of the Creich congregation Reverend Dr. Gustavus Aird was buried within the railing of the Free Church at Migdale. A handsome grey granite monument marks the place of his interment.

Dr Gustavus Aird was the fifth child of Gustavus Aird, Justice of the Peace, who was descended from William Aird, farmer of Rosskeen, circa 1700. His mother was Margaret Grant.
The congregation of Creich built the church at Migdale in 1843. Dr Gustavus Aird, who was loosed from his charge at Croick by the Presbytery of Tain was called and inducted as the first Free Church minister of the parish of Creich.
Sheila and I visited the church in summer 2006.

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CREICH - Tutim (CR-E)
Jan 1, 2003

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!

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