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Rosskeen old church
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Rosskeen old church

The old established Church at Rosskeen.
Picture added on 18 April 2004
My great great grandfather Angus Davidson, Master cartwright, was buried at Rosskeen Burial ground 21/01/1858. Is this where it would be?
Added by Joyce Whitehead on 02 April 2005
Most definitely Joyce. My father and grandfather are buried here.This was the main cemetary for the town and is a mile to the West of Invergordon set back a short distance from the shoreline. There were certainly Davidsons in the town. I seem to remember it being quite a common name around the area. I could be wrong but I think the Home Farm at the back of Invergordon was owned/farmed by a family called Davidson. Hopefully someone with a better memory than mine will be more helpful.
Added by Bill Geddes on 04 April 2005
That is interesting from Kent to Rosskeen, wow! Has anyone any information for me about Angus Davidson, the wheelwright?
Added by Joyce Whitehead on 22 May 2005
Just in case any family historian is ever looking for the Ross families who were ministers at Rosskeen for very many years during the 1800s, you might be interested in the link from the Kent Archaological Society:
(I found this while looking up my Grandfather James Andrews' family, as he came from Kent originally, although he is now buried in Rosskeen after living for over 70 years in Invergordon).
Added by Caroline Robb on 22 May 2005
My Great-great grandparents Alexander Dingwall (Carpenter) from Loggie Easter and Catherine Ross were married in Rosskeen in 1821. Would this have been the church?
Added by Ron Dingwall on 18 January 2008
The cemetery has grown massively from the time of this photograph. My Brother Leslie is buried there.
Added by Doug Will on 19 January 2008
Ron, your great-great grandparents were married on 26 November 1819 at Rosskeen Church. I am very interested in Family History so when I saw your entry I looked them up in and found the extracted marriage record.
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 19 January 2008
The wife of my Great-great grandfather was Catherine Ross. Does anyone know if she was related to the Rev. John Ross who came to Rosskeen in 1813? They married in 1819 not 1821. Their son Daniel was born 1821.
Added by Ron Dingwall on 21 January 2008
Could anybody tell me more about the church? I am married to a local girl and we live in Bournemouth. Every time we visit, we pass the church many times but can never seem to find out much about it. I would very much like to know when it was last used, (if possible the date of the last service), why was it abandoned, who now owns the building and are there any plans to ever use it again? Also, would there be an e-mail address or contact from where I may be able to find some history on the building and its congregation?
Added by Geoff Cummings on 26 August 2008
When was the church at Invergordon built? The OPR records for Rosskeen include Invergordon and Bridgend of Alness and I was wondering if the family at Invergordon in the early 19th century would attend church in Rosskeen or Invergordon.
Added by Moira Bue on 11 November 2008
I've now discovered my Great-great grandmother Catherine Ross was the daughter of Andrew Ross(crofter) and Lily Ross (m.s. Ross). Catherine Ross died in Edinburgh in 1873. Would appreciate any info about her parents. My G.G. Grandparents were married in Rosskeen 1819.
Added by Ron Dingwall on 01 June 2009
As far as I know the church at Rosskeen burial ground has been disused for many years. I have never been inside it and in my youth I can't remember it being used. When someone died in Invergordon there was often a short service held outside the person's home. The coffin would then be driven slowly to the High Street and down to the edge of the town. The hearse would be followed (on foot) by anyone who had come along to pay their respects. Everyone wore a hat, the men usually bowler hats with the occasional top hat! At the bottom of the High Street as many people as possible would get into cars and make the short journey out to Rosskeen. At the grave side there would then be a short committal service. (This was in the 50/60s.) I managed to keep a grip on myself at my father's funeral until the piper began to play and the British Legion representative tipped a load of poppies into the grave...that was too much....
Added by Bill Geddes on 02 June 2009
The old parish church in the photograph went out of use when the church split. A new church was built further up the road at Achnaggaron but the congregation from Invergordon felt it was too far to walk so another church was built in the centre of the town. (I did read this online but can't find the link, if I come across it again I will post it.)
Added by Aodh on 09 April 2014
My great aunt had her son baptised in Rosskeen Free Church in 1925 would this be the church Alexina and James Mackie was their names they both died Alexina in 1962 and James in 1968 while still living in Invergordon
Added by Ruth N Cordiner on 08 September 2014
Rev. John Ross went to Rosskeen June 16, 1813. He was my 3X great grandfather. He was married to Margaret Smith. I am descended from his son, Peter Ross (1799-1835) Rev. Ross has been mentioned on this site several times. I would be grateful to know what other information anyone has about him or his relatives. Thank You
Added by Linda Ross on 06 July 2018
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