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The Invergordon Archive

Established Church, Rosskeen, Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
Established Church, Rosskeen, Invergordon

A tinted postcard of the church at Rosskeen. The date of the picture is unknown.
Picture added on 25 September 2004
Comments:
My great, great, great grandfather, Alexander Mackenzie is buried in the cemetery of the Established Church. There were flowers on the grave at the time we visited in 1998.
Added by Betty Ann Davies on 13 April 2005
Not sure if anyone knows, but why was the church abandoned, and the church of the A9 adopted as Rosskeen Church? When outside the church above last week, the building looks sound and even still has glass in all the windows due to them being boarded over. What happened that led to the church being abandoned? - and could it be used again?
Added by Daryl on 24 April 2006
Daryl, I can remember asking my grand-parents the question you are asking and they told me that the building was unsafe for occupancy especially the roof rafters. Back then people used to frequent this church in large numbers and walked there and back.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 27 April 2006
Thanks Harry. It's a shame..this lovely old building is being left to ruin...its a got character and charm and it's a shame the community cannot use it again...we need some rich millionaire to subsidise the Community and help it come back to life?
Added by Daryl on 27 April 2006
Yes Daryl I agree, there should be a heritage society that would assure these types of structures are saved..I know that there are such organisations, but there needs someone to establish them....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 27 April 2006
Well..this may sound a little simplistic...but what's stopping Invergordon? If these buildings are so important to the community and sufficient funds can be made through fund raising then Invergordon can secure these buildings for the future...perhaps this could be the start of the Invergordon Buildings Conservation Trust???
Added by Daryl on 28 April 2006
Is this the Church by Rosskeen Bridge? If so, if my memory serves me right, a good deal larger now than then. One of my brothers Leslie is buried there. I wonder when the war memorial was erected there?
Added by Doug Will on 29 April 2006
Sorry Harry, you got it wrong. Leslie died after contracting meningitis. He recovered from that but then his heart gave out. You may be thinking of one of the Ross boys who was drowned under the middle pier - at least I think his name was Ross, maybe mistaken.
Added by Doug Will on 30 April 2006
Douglas, yes this is the church in the graveyard, but the graveyard has been greatly expanded since this picture. The church is same size as no expansions of the building were done that I know of. I seem to recall that your brother Leslie drowned as a child, am I correct? - down by the bullwork?
I don't recall the war memorial being at Rosskeen, when was that?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 30 April 2006
Sorry Harry, the war memorial was in the middle of the churchyard but don't think there was any names on it.
Added by Doug Will on 01 May 2006
Hi, is this the church that would have been in use in the 1790s? My GGGGrandfather was married there in 1790 - Alexander Munro and Elizabeth (Ann ) McKenzie. Alexander was born at Rosskeen 1770, occupation stone mason. I am a direct descendant of his first son Roderick Munro listed as born 1793 at Redcastle, Muir of Ord.
Added by David Lauder Munro on 10 November 2008
Can any one help? Roderick Munro was last heard of at Sandwick in 1823-24. If he died at this location where would I look for the records of the burial if there are any records?
Also the spelling of Mckenzie is this a seperate family from MacKenzies. And the Spelling of Munro in one case is Munra, is this just a missprint.
thank you
David Munro


Added by David Lauder Munro on 16 November 2008
I have Alexander Munro's son Roderick Munro who marries Catherine Dunbar, the daughter of William and Isobella Dunbar ( nee Ross ) of Nigg Bay, Roderick’s Marriage in 1821 at Tarbat. Does anyone know of the Dunbars that were millers of grain in and around Nigg Bay, 1820s.
The help so far has been great as to location of the places around Rosskeen Church.
The only Munro connection in the old graveyard would be from the father of Alexander Munro, whom we have no knowledge of, and he would be from a time of about 1750 -55. That puts us into a very cloudy time in history.
Some of the family names that were used in our past within the children's names were Bain, Stewart, Lindsay, Cruickshank, Eadie and Lauder as my middle name.
Thanks again.
Added by David L Munro on 20 November 2008
Is the stone wall of the original church just visible in the background behind this church, as there appears to be a stone wall with window like openings on the side closest to the present church? Is there someone who could take photos of this area for me?
Added by David Lauder Munro on 11 February 2009
If anyone has any photographs of this cementary could you please let me know as my parents were buried there and I would like to folllow up on this?
Thanking you.
Added by Johnny Hughes on 11 May 2010
Hi Johnny. If you contact Mandy Munro on www.freewebs.com/boogiechick/ she will be able to help you.
Added by Catherine MacKenzie (nee Clark) on 12 May 2010
I read somewhere that this church and burial ground were established around 1830 - where were the buials for Rosskeen before this date? My Ross ancestors came from Rosskeen. John Ross born c.1790 and his wife Ann Reid born c.1794.
Added by Aileen Robson (nee Ross) on 22 November 2010
I have traced Alexander Munro back to Kiltearn and a brother named James Munro. Is there somone who could help in locating the old place names found on their marriage certificate? One is Glen Blain or Clair (?), the other is ? Pich__ry .
Added by David L Munro on 23 November 2010
Found this site while researching family history from Sydney Australia. I see some familiar names. My GGG Grandmother was Elizabeth Jane MacKenzie Ross born in Rosskeen 1799 - Migrated to Australia in 1839.
Added by Ian Grant on 24 February 2012
I am descended from Donald Ross (B: 2/11/1824) in Alness, the free church preacher, who married Margaret Leslie (B: 1825)12/14/1847. Donald taught at Inchdown in the parish of Roskeen. He attended the wooden parish church in Alness that burned down. Donald's parents were Donald or Duncan Ross (1791-1879) and Grace McLeod ((1793-1862). Grace's parents were Hugh McLeod and Mary Ross. I'm wondering if anyone can help me locate a cemetary with a headstone for Donald's or Margaret Leslie Ross's parents, a church in which Donald or Margaret Leslie may have been involved, or where the school at Inchdown may have been located. My family is coming to the area Sept. 10th and we'd love to have specific spots to stop.
Added by Lynne Toth on 29 July 2014
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