DURNESS PARISH

 
Durness - Alt na Caillich (DU-A)

Alt Na Caillich Burial Ground, Durness

This cemetery was visited, photographed and transcribed by Donald Grant during May 2003

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

The site takes its name from the Allt na Caillich burn, the stream of the old woman. Nowadays it is written Altnacaillich.

The graveyard has been out of use for a long time, the latest burial being in 1898. The stones and cemetery get no regular maintenance and most have been badly overgrown and/or affected by lichen and moss. The readable stones virtually all date from later Victorian times although at least two stones have earlier inscriptions (1805 and 1827) and there are other references to earlier dates. There are also several flat stones without any readable inscriptions that are likely to be much earlier. The catchment area is mainly limited to Strathmore from Cashel Dhu (where the old road to Eribol forded the Strathmore River) to Balnaquine at the entrance to Glen Golly, although there are some from wider afield with local family connections.

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Durness Arnaboll (DU-B)
Jan 1, 2003

ARNABOLL BURIAL GROUND, Durness
This burial ground was visited in May 2003 by Donald Grant who took many photographs and read all inscriptions

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

The graveyard has been out of use for a long time, with the latest stone one from the Great War. The stones and graveyard get little regular maintenance and many have been badly overgrown and affected by lichen and moss. The readable stones virtually all date from Victorian times although there are some references to dates slightly before and after this. There are however many flat stones without any readable inscriptions that are likely to be much earlier. The majority of the places mentioned are on the east and south sides of Loch Eriboll rather than Loch Hope itself.

Sue Mackay, a descendant of Lachlan Ross, (grave DU-B15), visited this burial ground during 2001 and later wrote: “It was heartbreaking to see how many of the stones were overgrown and flattened - I was very lucky that Lachlan's grave is still standing proud. It obviously originally had chains marking out the coffin area which have now rusted and fallen flat, though some of the fixings are still in place. Arnaboll is so difficult to get to that I suppose it's no wonder it's been neglected - it really is miles from anywhere.”

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DURNESS - Balnakeil (DU-C)
Jun 1, 2003

Balnakeil Burial Ground, Durness
Angi Lamb, Edinburgh, photographed & transcribed all the stones here during June 2003. Christine Stokes & Sheila Mackay also visited during this period.

The former Durness Parish church, now a roofless ruin, was built by the Mackays, Lords of Reay, on the site of a much earlier church. The original church was built in 722 by St. Maelrubha. Balnakeil is worth a visit to see the old gravestones within the graveyard.

These include that of Rob Donn, the Gaelic poet. You can see photographs of his tombstone on last page. Also the views from this burial ground are quite spectacular over the sea and beaches.

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