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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.
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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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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Maps of Sutherland
These maps are here simply to help with your genealogy researching.
Unlike all other albums you should be able to click on the photograph to see larger version and then right click to save to your computer.
Further details on www.countysutherland.co.uk
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Farr - Strathy (FA-E)
(Jun 1, 2005)
Strathy Burial Ground, Farr - (our code FA-E)
This large burial ground was photographed by Christine Stokes & Sheila Mackay during June 2005
Transcribed by Christine Stokes

Strathy burial ground is situated in a lovely spot overlooking the sea, though very hilly! It is a reasonably well looked after cemetery with few badly damaged stones. I have a number of very recent stones from this cemetery which I have not included here.

last updated 30th April 2015
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CLYNE - Brora (CL-B)
(Jun 1, 2003)
CLYNE BRORA BURIAL GROUND
0ur code CL-B
This cemetery was opened about 1880 but was not much used until the early 20th century. At this time Clynekirkton was becoming full and the population becoming more concentrated in the village of Brora. This cemetery is still used by the people of Brora today.

The cemetery, and its new extension, contains about 880 tombstones which can roughly be split as follows - around the walls about 60 tombstones mostly before 1950, several vertical plots immediately inside the gates with about 250 tombstones. This is the oldest part of the cemetery going back to about 1880. Eighteen horizontal plots containing about 540 tombstones mostly from about 1940 onwards and the new extension containing only about 30 tombstones.

During 2002 & 2003 this cemetery was visited, photographed & transcribed by Bill O’Brien, Brora; Christine Stokes, England & Sheila Mackay, Edinburgh

The following inscriptions include all the oldest stones in this cemetery. Very recent stones are not shown.
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