East Church Archive Library
Medieval gravestone conservation report
Karolina Kubisz's report on her conservation of the medieval gravestone is available to download
The full East Church archaeological report is available to download.
Hatchment Conservation report
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
A 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.
You 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
You 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was alerted to its possible existence by an early manuscript of 'Scenes and Legends' by Hugh Miller that contained unpublished tales, and is now available on the internet.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.
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 . . .
1847 - 1851 Marriage Banns Download the set (950KB)
Poor Relief Documents (Cromarty Courthouse Museum Archive: Bundle 4) Download the set (3.8MB)
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:
www.ambaile.org.uk/en/ the Highland archive - a search for Cromarty will give you a good selection of links.
www.rosscromartyroots.co.uk is developing a library of reports and images of headstone inscriptions throughout Ross & Cromarty.
“This prestigious historic building, which is set within a beautiful conservation town, deserves sensitive repair combined with quality craftsmanship.”
Steven Laing, Managing Director of Laing Traditional Masonry Ltd