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East Church Archive Library

Medieval gravestone conservation report

Karolina Kubisz working on the medival gravestone, East Church CromartyKarolina Kubisz's report on her conservation of the medieval gravestone is available to download



Archaeological report

boulders marked during archaeological survey. East Church, Cromarty 2008The full East Church archaeological report is available to download.



 Hatchment Conservation report

George ross funeral hatchment in East Church Cromarty


The full report on the conservation work carried out on the George Ross funeral hatchment by AOC Archaeology conservators is available to download here







Images from the worksite

John Wood and davidAlston study the churchA detailed photographic record was kept of the work at the East Church by Highland Archaeology Services

The late Calum Davidson took beautiful black and white photographs of the work in progress. Take a look at these on his website

East Church postcard 1900: courtesy of Clem WatsonYou can find lots more pictures and comments from the East Church on the Cromarty Image Library where you can add your own images and comments about the East Church.


Mermaid Seen at East Church

mermaid with outline added: photoby Calum davidsonYou might be surprised to hear that the East Church can boast its own mermaid. David Alston was alerted to its possible existence by an early manuscript of 'Scenes and Legends' by Hugh Miller that contained unpublished tales, and is now available on the internet.

In the tale a mermaid haunts the burn gully and appears in a dream saying that she would only find peace if a likeness of her was placed by the burn.

Nowadays she’s tucked away  at the back of the eastern  boundary wall but once ornamented a bridge (possibly 17th C crossing the burn on a pathway to Cromarty House.

Document Library

You can browse through the full catalogue of the East Church archive. If anything interests you to follow up further, just get in touch and we'll get a scan of the document to you . . .

shroud recieptOur thanks go to Nick Ray for all his help in digitising these documents.





1847 - 1851 Marriage Banns Download the set (950KB)



Poor Relief Documents (Cromarty Courthouse Museum Archive: Bundle 4) Download the set (3.8MB)

Bundle 4, no. 3 Request in 1838 from Simon Fraser for poor relief - letter part 1, letter part 2  

Bundle 7.7 Reference to the will of Walter Ross of Nigg - bequest to the poor of Cromarty



Coffin Receipts 1832 - 1845 Download the set (1.9MB)


Gravestone inscription survey Download (224kb)

Gravestone layout plan Download (208kb)


Other websites to check

If you are interested in local history, these sites are well worth looking at too: the Highland archive - a search for Cromarty will give you a good selection of links. is developing a library of reports and images of headstone inscriptions throughout Ross & Cromarty.

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The support of the people of Cromarty during our Restoration Village bid was fantastic and we are looking forward to working with the community again as the Church undergoes major conservation and repair work.

Victoria Collison-Owen, SRCT Director

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