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TITLE
Fortrose
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0429
PLACENAME
Fortrose
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Rosemarkie
DATE OF IMAGE
PERIOD
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32349
KEYWORDS
postcards
towns
cathedrals
saints
charters
cliffs
geology
Fortrose

This postcard shows four views from around Fortrose and Rosemarkie: Fortose, Fortrose Cathedral, Fortrose from Braehead and the Craig, Rosemarkie. In the centre is the seal of the Cathedral.

The towns of Fortrose and Rosemarkie are situated on the south coast of the Black Isle overlooking the Moray Firth.

The seal shows St Peter with his key and St Boniface with his crook. St Curadan or St Boniface to give him his Latin name and by which he is best known is said to have laid the foundation of the first cathedral, the Church of St Peter, at Rosemarkie. St Boniface is said to have been buried here.

The larger Cathedral at Fortrose, originally called Chanonry because the bishops or canons built there manses around the Cathedral, was founded in the thirteenth century. In 1444 a charter granted by King James II united Chanonry with its more ancient neighbour Rosemarkie under the common name of Fortross now Fortrose.

By the time of the Reformation the Cathedral was already in a state of disrepair and much of its red sandstone was removed by Oliver Cromwell's army and taken to build his fort at Inverness. Only a small part of the Cathedral remains.

Immediately behind Rosemarkie is the "Kaes Craig", an impressive red sandstone sea cliff. Here Rosemarkie Burn has carved out a narrow ravine with beds of boulder clay.

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Fortrose

ROSS: Rosemarkie

postcards; towns; cathedrals; saints; charters; cliffs; geology

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This postcard shows four views from around Fortrose and Rosemarkie: Fortose, Fortrose Cathedral, Fortrose from Braehead and the Craig, Rosemarkie. In the centre is the seal of the Cathedral.<br /> <br /> The towns of Fortrose and Rosemarkie are situated on the south coast of the Black Isle overlooking the Moray Firth.<br /> <br /> The seal shows St Peter with his key and St Boniface with his crook. St Curadan or St Boniface to give him his Latin name and by which he is best known is said to have laid the foundation of the first cathedral, the Church of St Peter, at Rosemarkie. St Boniface is said to have been buried here.<br /> <br /> The larger Cathedral at Fortrose, originally called Chanonry because the bishops or canons built there manses around the Cathedral, was founded in the thirteenth century. In 1444 a charter granted by King James II united Chanonry with its more ancient neighbour Rosemarkie under the common name of Fortross now Fortrose.<br /> <br /> By the time of the Reformation the Cathedral was already in a state of disrepair and much of its red sandstone was removed by Oliver Cromwell's army and taken to build his fort at Inverness. Only a small part of the Cathedral remains. <br /> <br /> Immediately behind Rosemarkie is the "Kaes Craig", an impressive red sandstone sea cliff. Here Rosemarkie Burn has carved out a narrow ravine with beds of boulder clay.