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TITLE
Rosemarkie Church and Churchyard
EXTERNAL ID
ROMGH_00_183_05
PLACENAME
Rosemarkie
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Rosemarkie
DATE OF IMAGE
1973
PERIOD
1970s
SOURCE
Groam House Museum
ASSET ID
39090
KEYWORDS
churches
graveyards
burial grounds
cemeteries
Rosemarkie Church and Churchyard

Rosemarkie Parish Church dates from 1821 but was built on or near the site of the first Cathedral of the Diocese of Ross erected in the 12th century during the reign of David I. Around 1235 it was decided to move the cathedral site to Fortrose.

However, it is said that the cathedral site at Rosemarkie dates back even earlier, to the 6th century, when St Moluag of Lismore, a missionary of the Celtic Church, founded a Christian settlement in the area. He died in 592 and is supposed to be buried at Rosemarkie. Around 716, St Boniface (also known as St Curadan) is said to have taken over the monastery at Rosemarkie. He is remembered in local customs - such as Fortrose's St Boniface Fair - and place names - such as St Boniface's Well, a famous 'clootie' well at the side of the road between Tore and Munlochy.

Various Pictish carved stone fragments and cross slabs have been found in the vicinity of the church at Rosemarkie including an impressive Class II cross-slab now on show in Groam House Museum.


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Rosemarkie Church and Churchyard

ROSS: Rosemarkie

1970s

churches; graveyards; burial grounds; cemeteries

Groam House Museum

Groam House Museum Photographic Collection

Rosemarkie Parish Church dates from 1821 but was built on or near the site of the first Cathedral of the Diocese of Ross erected in the 12th century during the reign of David I. Around 1235 it was decided to move the cathedral site to Fortrose. <br /> <br /> However, it is said that the cathedral site at Rosemarkie dates back even earlier, to the 6th century, when St Moluag of Lismore, a missionary of the Celtic Church, founded a Christian settlement in the area. He died in 592 and is supposed to be buried at Rosemarkie. Around 716, St Boniface (also known as St Curadan) is said to have taken over the monastery at Rosemarkie. He is remembered in local customs - such as Fortrose's St Boniface Fair - and place names - such as St Boniface's Well, a famous 'clootie' well at the side of the road between Tore and Munlochy.<br /> <br /> Various Pictish carved stone fragments and cross slabs have been found in the vicinity of the church at Rosemarkie including an impressive Class II cross-slab now on show in Groam House Museum. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase. For further information about purchasing and prices please email <a href="mailto: admin@groamhouse.org.uk">Groam House Museum</a>