DORNOCH PARISH

 
DORNOCH - Golf Road (DO-A) stones 1 - 299
Jan 1, 2006

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

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

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

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DORNOCH - Proncynain (DO-B)
Jun 1, 2002

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

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DORNOCH St Barrs Cathedral (DO-C)
Jan 1, 2002

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.

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