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INVERGORDON AND ROSSKEEN. ALNESS, EVANTON,
AND NEIGHBOURHOODS.
J.NVERGORDON is a thriving sea-port village, in
the parish of Roskeen, county of Ross;' 12 miles s.s.w.
from Taiu, 13 n.n.e. from Dingwall, ami '8 w. by n,
from Cromarty, most eligibly seated on the north side
of the fine bay of Cromarty, from whence there is a
regular ferry to the opposite shore of the frith. For
the accommodation of persons crossing, a small pier
was erected ; n 1821, partlyatthe expense of the county
and partly With the assistance of government, so that
boats can now land their passengers at anytime of the
tide ; but trie most valuable and important improve-
ment conferred upon the port has been effected through
the munificence and the public'spirit of the proprietor,
R. B. &. M'Leod, Esq. of Cadboll, who at his own ex-
pense constructed an excellent harbour in 1828, from
the central situation of which all goods for the eastern
and western parts of Ross-shire, as well as for most
districts of Sutherlandshire, are at present unshipped
here. In 1857 large and extensive wooden piers were
erected, which renders the harbour in every way com-
plete. Since the weekly arrival and departure of the
London and Leith steain-vessels at the port, a con-
siderable trade lias been created in the exportation of
cattle. The bay is perfectly commodious and safe, and
capable of containing a large fleet, with anchorage of
the best description, from which vessels never drive —
the ' Souters of Cromarty' forming a natural mouth to
one great harbour. The village has undergone con-
siderable'improvement of late years, and its appear-
ance enlivened by the erection of some excellent build-
peace court is held monthly, and a sheriff court quar-
terly.
About one mile from the town is Invergordon Castle,
where are some fine plantations. In November, 1801,
the centre of the edifice was accidentally destroyed by
fire; and that part has remained in a ruinous state
since the unfortunate occurrence; the left wing of the
building is the portion at present occupied by the
family. The parish of Rosskeen extends six miles
along the Frith of Cromarty, and ten inland. The :
parish of Alness lies on the west, and Logie Easter on
the east. The lower part of the parish, which lies i
along the Frith, and for about two miles back, forms a i|
uentle and easy ascent towards the hills. A hill called I
Knock-Navie or Cold hill, divides the lower from the
highland part of the parish. Beyond the upper arable
ground and inhabited glens, is a very considerable
range of mountains, applicable to no other purpose
than that of pasturing black cattle or sheep. Like the
adjacent parts of the shire, the parish has been greatly ,
improved in agricultural capabilities, and now posses- •
ses some fine plantations, the chief of these being at i
Invergordon Castle, above noticed.
Fairs are held on the third Tuesday in February, ,
the second Tuesday in April and December (old I
style), aud the first Tuesday in August and October <
(old style).
Alness is a small village, partly in the parish of its
name, and partly in that of Rosskeen, three miles from \
Invergordon, .situated on both sides of the Alness t
ings, amongst which may be mentioned a handsome' (which river separates the two parishes), and on the
house and oifiees belonging to the Commercial Bank,
and also several shops, which for elegance are not sur-
passed in the north of Scotland. The manufacture of
uonh side of Cromarty bay ; the church is about half
a mile from the village. The distillation of whisky
is carried on extensively in this parish by two
hemp was carried on in this town some yeais ago with large establishments. The following fairs are held at
very considerable spirit, by two establishments; no- Alness: — Op the second Wednesday in .tune, Wed
thing is now done in this branch cf commerce. Few
places possess greater attraction or convenience for sea
bathing than Invergordon ; this circumstance, together
with the salubrity of the climate, the comparatively
short distance to the Strathpeffer mineral welis, now
of so much celebrity, and its lately formed accommo-
dations as a port, have combined to raise this once
unimportant village into a station of consequence en-
joyed by few places of its size. Two banking estab-
lishments are settled here— they are branches respec-
tively of the 'Commercial Bank of Scotland' and the
•North of Scotland Bank.' There are several com-
fortable inns— the principal one, the ' Commercial,' in
nesday before the third Thursday in J uly, and Wedues-
day after the third Tuesday in September.
Ev anton is a rural village, about seven miles fromt
Invergordon and four from Alness, situate, like the t
two latter places, on the north side of Cromarty bay,,',
and sheltered by a row of trees which defend it from a
the sea-breeze. The church is about a miie distant.!,
About two miles to the westward is Foulis ferry, used i
for loading grain, timber and cattle : and a mile north--
east of the village is a deep ravine, called 'Aultgraade,','
supposed to have been formed, at some very early pe-.-
riod, by a mighty convulsion of nature. Fairs are held i
in this village on the second Tuesdays in the uiouihsu
of May, August aud November.
High-street, affordiugthe best accommodation totou
rists aud travellers — is an excellent house. A justice of
E>©ST OFFICE, Invergordon, James Ross, Post Master. — Letters from all parts South arrive afci
twelve midnight, and despatched at seventeen minutes before two in the morning. Letters from the North-i
arrive at seventeen minutes before two in the morning, and despatched at twelve midnight.
Monet/ Ordei's issued aud paid at this office.
3?©sfc ©See, Alness Hector M'Lean, Post Master.— Letters from all parts South arrive every night at
twenty-five minutes before twelve, and despatched at eight minutes past two in the morning. Letters fronii
toe North arrive at eight minutes past two in the moraiug, and despatched at twenty-five minutes before
twelve night.
Money Orders issued aud paid at this office.
S?osfc Office, Evanton, Hugh Munro, Post Master. — Letters from all parts South arrive every night at
nine minutes past eleven, and are despatched at twenty-six minutes befose three in the morning. Letters fron*
allparts North arrive at twenty-six minutes before three in the morning, and ate despatched at nine minutes
past eleven night.
Money Orders issued aud paid at this office.
GENTRY AND CLERGY.
Allan Alexander, Esq. of Drummond
Campbell Rev. Duncan, the Manse,
Evanton [Alness
Flvtei Rev. Alexander, Manse,
M'Kenzie — , Esq. of Mountgerald
M'Lean Rev. Alexander, d. d., Kii-
tearn"Maose
M'Leod Robert B. JE. Esq. (of Cad-
boll), Invergordon Castle
M'Pherson Rev. William, Kilmuir
Manse [Ardross Castle
Matheson Alexander, Esq., m. P.,of
1182
Matheson Rev; Charles Ross, Kil-
muir Easter
Morrison Rev.James, Manse,Alness
Munro Miss Cath. Balcony House
Muuro Charles, jun. Esq. of Fowiis
Munto hughAndrewJ.Esq.of Novar
Munro Joiin, Esq. Woodlands
Munro William, Esq. Ardullie
Oakes Henry, Esq. High st
Robertson Major — , of Kindace
Rose Rev. John, Roskeen Manse
Ross Sir Charles, Bart, (of Baina-
gown), JJalnagowu Castle
VO
Sharp Mr. John, Newton
Sim Henry, Esq. Scotsburn
SCHOOLS.
Black Duncan, Mountgerald
Free Church Schools:—
Alness — Walter Ross, master
Evanton— John Ross, master
Invergordon— Alex. Eraser, instr
Parochial' Schools : —
Alness — Alexr. Stewart, mastet
Invergordon — Juo.Urquhart,mst;
Kiltearu— Geo. Mackintosh,mstr

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