Monument record MHG18688 - 1843 Meeting Site, Drummondreach


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Grid reference Centred NH 5800 5770 (40m by 40m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH55NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY


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Full Description

NH55NE 33 580 577

(NH 579 577) An open bowl shaped area, used by the early Free Church congregation as a place of worship following the Disruption of 1843, until the construction of a new church about one mile to the west. There is a small service building which was used by the minister preparing himself for the service. In 1990 there was a one-off revival service.
J Wordsworth, SSSIs, Scottish Natural Heritage, 1993

Information from a participant in the Black Isle Heritage Memories project. Disused quarry became focus for Dissenters' services from 1843 onwards. Still used in the 1930s for services held in Gaelic, followed by communal gathering with those attending the services in spoken English, held within the Free Church building. The site was cleared of undergrowth in 1982 & has been used for outdoor services since. <1>

<1> suggests that the preaching site was at the disused quarry at NH 58078 57560 (shown on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey) - see MHG18724. However, the photographs attached to this record show the small service building, which is presumably the one shown on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map onwards at NH 57989 57701. <2><3>

Sources/Archives (6)

  • --- Image/Photograph(s): Photograph of 1990 service at Ferintosh Burn (image taken from colour print photo lent by Kenneth Cormack - 2003). Digital Image. .
  • --- Text/Publication/Volume: Christopher J Uncles.. Easter Ross and the Black Isle..
  • --- Text/Publication/Volume: Leonella Longmore. Land of Churches. p153.
  • <1> Text/Report: McCullagh, C. 09/2010. Black Isle Heritage Memories: Remembering your Community Avoch, Culbokie and Tore. Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH). Yes. Digital. C64.
  • <2> Verbal Communication: Carey, G. 2010-2011. Comment by Giles Carey, HER Officer.
  • <3> Image/Map: Ordnance Survey. 1871-76. Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25 inch map: Ross-shire. Digital.

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Record last edited

Nov 19 2010 9:44AM

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