Rosskeen Burial Ground, Scotland

Between the A9 and the Cromarty Firth in the far north of Scotland is the Rosskeen burial ground .

Although the church has been disused for many years the cemetery is still in use.

Rosskeen Burial Ground, Scotland

Rosskeen Burial Ground, Scotland

The church was built in 1830-32 by James Smith on the site of an earlier chapel.

The church was repaired and altered by Andrew Maitland in 1853.

In the extensive grounds of the church is a small, quite insignificant building, which is the last resting place for the Munro’s of Newmore and Culrain.

Munro memorial. Rosskeen Burial Ground, Scotland

Munro memorial. Rosskeen Burial Ground, Scotland

Said to have been erected in 1664 and restored in 1908 this building is the Munro Mausoleum or chapel.

The triple lancet windows of this building suggest that it might date from the 13th or 14th centuries.

The clan Munro are said to have come to Scotland from Ireland in the 11th Century and indeed records date back to a Donald Munro of Foulis who died in 1039.

This particular Munro memorial was restored by Sir. hector Munro of Foulis, the 11th Baronet of Foulis and Chief of the Clan Munro.

Newspaper articles published in early 2010 indicate that Highland Council wish to sell off the church despite local opposition.

Rosskeen Burial Ground, Scotland

Rosskeen Burial Ground, Scotland

Outside the church gates is a set of stone steps leading to a flat top around 1.5m square.  This possibly was to allow people in and out of  horse drawn carriages.

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Further information

Canmore ID 13618
Site Number NH66NE 13.00
NGR NH 68837 69250
Former Region HIGHLAND

Highland council – Information about the site

The Invergordon Archive

The Clan Munro of Foulis

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