GOLSPIE PARISH

 
GOLSPIE - Kirkton

Kirkton Farm, Golspie
The parish of Golspie was originally named Kilmalie and had its church and burial ground at what is now Kirkton Farm. Sir Robert Gordon had the church transferred to Golspie in 1619 when St Andrew’s became the parish church. The second Statistical Account of Scotland written in 1841 tells us that a portion of the wall of the old church forms part of the fence which encloses the burying ground. This cemetery contains the remains of many of the Earls of Sutherland.
Thanks to Shirley Sutherland, Golspie, we now have some photographs taken here.
This cemetery contains the remains of many of the Earls of Sutherland as signified by a plain stone placed in the old church wall.

In 1986 Cowper & Ross reported that it is ‘almost impossible to carry out a survey’. There were then 24 stones, mostly not inscribed lying near to the wall table.

They noted three with names:

This burial pleas belongs to John Sutherland 1731

John Sutherland 1749

William Gun and John Gun

Dunrobin Castle burial ground is the private burial ground of the Sutherland family with memorial stones from the time of the 4th Duke (1815-1931). As well as using Kirkton many of the Earls of Sutherland are buried at Dornoch Cathedral (1247 to 1733).

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C F Stokes
 
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.

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C S Stokes
 
GOLSPIE - St Andrews (GO-B)
Jan 1, 2003

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.

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