The Story behind the Stone – the families, estates and stories of Kirkmichael, Cullicudden, the Black Isle and beyond

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Our Claymore Stones

Preserving Our Ornate Medieval Crosses

The Other Medieval Ornate Stones at Kirkmichael

The Scandal of Christian Grant, Wife of the Poyntzfield Grieve, and the story of the Mackenzies, masons of Balblair

Mary McDonald’s Shattered Tablestone

Early Barklys in the Birks, Ballicherry, Kirkton and Kirkmichael

The remarkable Barkly family – and their Kirkmichael origins


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The Pierced Hand and Chalice Stone at Cullicudden – a remarkable survival from pre-Reformation days

Alexander Elphingston of Newmills (–1724) Chamberlain of Sir William Gordon of Invergordon – and smuggler

The Cameron and Murray families
of Fraoch Cottage and Ivy Cottage, Cullicudden

The Gaelic Inscription, Alexander Holm Ferryman,
and the Great Chapelton Robbery of 1847

The Maciver and Rankin family of Ferryton – and Ottawa

Lance Corporal James Young
and the Youngs of Upperwood

Kenneth Urquhart of St Martins, the Newhall Factor,
a Man Maligned

The Thomsons of Kinbeachie Mill and Drumdyre –
Sex and the Session


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The Sutherlands of Flowerburn, Uppat and Udale

The Pediments of the Urquharts of Braelangwell

The Lyon-Mackenzie Family of St Martins and Braelangwell

Can Graffiti become of Historic Interest?

Our Sculptor from London: Charles Regnart (1759–1844) – and the George Gun Munro Memorial in Kirkmichael

The same sculptor? Kirkmichael and Cullicudden stones compared with similar in Rosemarkie, Alness, Contin – and London!

Blacksmiths and Registrars: The Urquhart Family of Whisky Park, Newhall Smiddy and Shawfield Cottage

Kirkmichael and the ’45 – the Second Jacobite Rebellion, 1745 – and connections with Wardlaw Mausoleum


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Hugh Munro (1820 – 1885), for 36 years farm manager at Poyntzfield Mains

The War Memorials of Resolis

The Grants of Ardoch and Resolis
and Moynes, Dunskaith, Balkeith and Polnicol…

The Emigration of Hector Holm and Catharine Cameron – on the brig Lady Grey from Cromarty in 1841

Our national poet, Robert Burns, and Kirkmichael in the Black Isle

Hugh Miller’s “McCulloch the Mechanician”, Benjamin Franklin and the McCullochs of Woodside

The Lady Ardoch Mausoleum, erected at Kirkmichael by Sir Harry Munro of Foulis, Baronet, 1768

Lady Ardoch, Ann Gordon ms Munro, c1688–1762, the Gordons of Ardoch and the origins of Poyntzfield House


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DonaldMcDonald (1817–1896), Cullicudden schoolmaster and Resolis Registrar

Urquhart Blacksmiths of Raddery – or, the Kirkmichael Trust to the Rescue!

David Aitken (c.1739–1809), Surveyor to the Highlands – and Gardener of Newhall and Poyntzfield

The Last Gardener in Ardoch, the First Gardener in Poyntzfield or – The Which Blair Project!

When The Black Isle Army Marched On Dingwall. Land Reformers Thomas Nicol, John Maclennan and Donald Murray

The Jigsaw Stone
Robert McKenzie, carpenter, and Christina Holm of Balblair

John Falconer of Ballicherry – and Crowhall, Moray: a rescued headstone

Repairing the memorial to David Anderson (1834–1907), Resolis Registrar and Newhall Estate Ground Officer


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Hugh McKay Munro – engineer and Governor of the Black Isle Combination Poorhouse

William Clark of the 79th Cameron Highlanders of Canada and the Clark family of Gordon’s Mills

St Kilda and Kirkmichael

Reading the Unreadable. The Urquhart of Ferriton 16th century inscription deciphered by photogrammetry

The early photography of Donald Fraser, Cullicudden

Anna McCulloch of Plaids, spouse of William Urquhart of Braelangwell

Lieutenant General Sir Hugh Fraser of Braelangwell – hero of Copaul Droog

Repairing the memorial to Sir Hugh and Lady Isabella Fraser of Braelangwell – a monumental task


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Murray Macdonald M.P. and other distinguished descendants of Hugh Macdonald, gardener Poyntzfield and farmer Woodside

“The Kirkmichael Needle” commemorating Roderick Fraser (c1838–1911) and Grace Aird (1831–1920)

The Bowed Stone and Barney Tunach (William Fraser)

The John McComie Slab – an exercise in photogrammetry and raking light

The Resolis Origins of Wilson Pugsley MacDonald (1880–1967), “Canada’s Poet Laureate”

Two Hearts Entwined: the Tablestone Erected by Helen Reid to her Husband, David Gray

Cameron alias Mackeddie, and the Uckfield, Sussex, Connection

Rescuing the Headstone with the Strange Base


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H is for Holm, or, How many gravestones does one man need?

The Barnett Family of Resolis Cottage

The Mackenzie family, the first Masons in Chapelton

The Origins of the Village of Chapelton or Newhall Point

The Morrison millers of Newmills, Town Milns Tain, Allan Mill, Ardross Mill, Dalmore Mill and Shore Mill

The Leaning Headstone of Murdoch Ross (c1796–1831) and Janet Ferguson (1795–1826)

“The Saucy Kate”

The Broken Shield – the Life of Isabella Ferguson (1832–1922)


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Whisky Park, the Cameron family there, and D.M. Cameron, Canadian M.P.

John Macleod, 30 years Inspector with the Great Western Railway

Oh see how soon the flower of life decays Jane Urquhart, daughter of William Urquhart and Catherine Matheson

The Three Gravestones of Alexander Urquhart and Henny Stuart, or, AU 1805 ♥ HS XX

The Kirk Officers of Resolis, a Holm Dynasty

The Scott and Campbell families of Auchmartin, Cullicudden and Newmills

Ferguson of Moulin, Perthshire; Kildun, Dingwall; and Burnside of Newhall, Resolis

The 50 memorials rescued by the Trust!


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From Pulteneytown to Jemimaville: Hugh McGregor, the Blacksmith from Caithness

From Balblair to Belize: the life of Thomas Stuart (1803–1857), merchant of British Honduras

Acrostics and other puzzles: the Gibb family of Resolis

The Junor Stone, and the solution to a mystery involving Cromarty geologist and writer, Hugh Miller

Cullicudden Quarry and Findon Quarry, and some of the Quarriers – Urquhart, Munro, Forbes and Morrison families

The Four Urquhart Brothers, Quarriers at Cullicudden Quarry, and the 1843 Cromarty Riot and Jailbreak

The Sequestration of Alexander Munro (1824–1898), quarrier at Cullicudden Quarry and farmer

John Cowe, the Grieve at Braelangwell, his wife Jane Peter, and the Poppelwell family

William and Janet McLennan of Teaninich of Poyntzfield, their adopted daughter, and the McLennans of Ardmeanach


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