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Kildonan, Helmsdale Cemetery (KI-E)
(Jan 1, 2003)
Our code KI-E

Helmsdale, from the Norse Hjalmundal, Dale of the Helmet,
is a large cemetery which is still in use today.

Photographed and transcribed by Joan Murray, Helmsdale, 2003. A few photographs were taken by Christine in 2004.

Please note that with all our inscriptions all Mc and Mac names are shown as Mac.
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CREICH - Tutim (CR-E)
(Jan 1, 2003)
Tutim, Creich
Photographed & Transcribed 2003 by Christine Stokes & Sheila Mackay

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

The graveyard at Tutim (a shortening of Tuiteam Tarbhach) lies up above the road through Strathoykel, near to the site of the old mill of Knockan. The barony of Strathoykel comprised land on either side of the River Oykel; part lay in Ross and Cromarty and part in Sutherland. For many centuries the barony belonged to the Rosses of Balnagown.

A horizontal cross-slab suggests that the graveyard marks an early ecclesiastical site. It was probably already a burial place at the time of the desperate battle which took place at Tuiteam Tarbhach in the early 1400s between a force led by Malcolm MacLeod of Lewis and the men of Sutherland and Strathnaver led by Alexander Moray or Murray of Culbin and Hucheon Dow Mackay. Only one of the MacLeod’s escaped. The rest are said to have been buried at Tutim.

The graveyard also served the lands of Achness, Inveran and others on the east side of the Cassley River. This was Munro country until about the mid-18th century. The graveyard remained in use after Strathoykel was cleared and given over to sheep farming in the last quarter of the 18th century. (Dr. Malcolm Bangor-Jones)

Christine Stokes and Sheila Mackay visited Tutim in June 2003. After the difficulty of finding the burial ground we did find it reasonable well looked after. There are a few fallen stones, some indistinct and others covered by turf. It is in a truly peaceful beautiful spot. The views from this burial ground are superb even although we had to shelter from the rain under the tree!

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CLYNE, Sutherland, Scotland - PLACES
Photographs of Clyne people, places and interesting items gathered by members of the County Sutherland mailing list.
For further information see www.countysutherland.co.uk
This is an ongoing project - if you wish to add any items please contact me
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CLYNE - Kirkton (CL-C)
(Jan 1, 2004)
Clyne Kirkton Burial Ground, Clyne
Our code CL-C
© Christine Stokes 2007
The available church records begin only in 1834, but it is known that a church was built in 1775 at Clynekirkton, on the site of a former church. This church was dedicated to St. Aloyne and according to a minister writing in 1908, it had to be enlarged in 1826 and the enlarged church had three aisles and three galleries and could seat nearly 1000 people. At the disruption in 1843, the great majority of the congregation left the parish church so the galleries were removed and seating for 300 was ample for those who remained.
In 1889/1890 Mr Houston of Kintradwell Farm offered to present a harmonium to assist with the service of Praise, but the congregation rejected the offer. However , the new minister, the Rev. J. Spark, persuaded them to have a meeting of the congregation in the public school and after some discussion it was agreed to accept Mr Houston's offer. Mr Spark was so pleased with the decision that he wrote in bold lettering in the Kirk Session minute book - May 4th 1890- Instrumental Music introduced to the services.
At the beginning of the century the church at Clynekirkton was found to be too remote for the population. Strath Brora had been so tragically cleared and now the majority of people lived in Brora village. Clyne Kirkton closed it’s doors for the last time in 1906. The minister at the time, the Reverend J. Spark, contributed greatly to the smooth passage of the worship and the congregation to the new church in Victoria Road. The new church was dedicated in June 1907.

Christine Stokes has visited and photographed all stones at Clyne Kirkton during 2002, 2003 & 2004. I have to say that this is the most difficult burial ground I have covered. The first visit more so than later ones after the burial ground was cleaned up by Clyne Heritage with help from POSH members. Biggest problem was photographing over so many years, waiting for stones to be brought out of the mess but hopefully now have most of them recorded.

Carole McBeath, Glasgow, has kindly helped with checking the transcriptions from photographs - a difficult job! Iain Sutherland, Yorkshire, & Grant Forsyth, Fife, helped with manual work during the big clean up plus Ron Patrick, Ontario, painted the old gates. POSH also paid money for the necessary tools as well as a substantial donation at the close of POSH.

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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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GOLSPIE - new cemetery (GO-A)
Note: today added in quite a few photographs. Many thanks to Shirley Sutherland, Golspie.

Although part of St Andrew's churchyard the new section is up the hill behind the older section.
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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GOLSPIE Main Street
(Sep 1, 2008)
Golspie Main Street
A project by members of www.countysutherland.co.uk
Using the listings from our website you can now take a walk along Main Street. Many, many thanks to Shirley Sutherland, Golspie, who took most of the photographs for us. A fabulous job Shirley. Thanks also to all those people who shared memories, helped position people etc.
Visit www.countysutherland.co.uk and click on Golspie to view the details of the photographs. If anyone wishes a copy of any photograph please email me.
Note there are also many photographs of Main Street in our Golspie Places album
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KILDONAN - Ach-na-huai (KI-A)
(Jun 1, 2006)
ACH NA H-UAI, Kildonan. Our code KI-A
Far up Strath Kildonan opposite the east side of Loch Achnamoine, on the Kinbrace to Syre road you will find this tiny little burial ground. Known as the Field of the Graves there used to be a rude and homely church or meeting house here. Donald Sage was missionary minister here from 1815 to 1818.

Christine Stokes and Sheila Mackay visited this burial ground in June 2006. Took a lot of finding and we were struck with the utter loneliness of this place. Bleak in winter, we feel sure, but stunning in summer.

There are only three grave stones left here. Whether there were more we can only wonder.
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