a rite, roasting a cat and a warrior chief

been told with a focus on facts and intention of making sense of the gruesome details.

The Gaelic Chapel – an ambiguous gesture

It is an impressive ruin, a reminder of Cromarty's past and the people that lived in it. There are others in Scotland, one in Glasgow and one in Aberdeen, all built for the Gaelic speaking community that had arrived in these places after being cleared out of their Highland homes. They were Gaelic speakers and found themselves in places where Gaelic wasn't spoken. The Gaelic Chapel was a kind gesture to the Gaelic speaking Highlanders who had come to Cromarty. It was financed by exploiting people and nature in the colonies. However, it did not last long and is now a ruin.

a deadly cry

Somehow, Kingairloch has frequently been involved in otherworldly and supernatural phenomena in the past. Most of them have to do with a cry and a boat of a ship. Sometimes, not always, the cry was deadly. Here’s more.

a traditional Highland funeral

Christina Cochran Blacklock’s funeral was the last traditional Highland funeral in the Kingairloch district. On Christmas Day 1924, Christina Cochran, nee Blacklock, died in Fort William at the age of 82. She had survived her husband, master mariner Alexander Cochran, her daughter Helen and her son James Duncan. Her granddaughter died a few years after the grandmother. Her grandson, Rev Henry Dyall, did not attend the funeral, but he had often heard the accounts of family and neighbours.

the killer lady’s missing husband

Lochaber has many graveyards to offer, quite a number of them are private burial grounds, that belong to some landlord or other, as is the case with „The Field of the Church“, Dail na Cille. This one and the landlord that once owned it, are particularly interesting.

Funny Scottish Epitaphs – JGW 1693

He had strong judgment, quick imagination and retentive Memory. He possessed the love and respect of all who knew him. The he sullied it al.He died of drink. Written in stone in Staplegordon. Raymond Lamont-Brown: Scottish Epitaphs. Chambers, Edinburgh, 1990

when darkness slowly spreads its wings

Because of its proximity to the sea and the staggering beauty of the maltitude of skulls and crossbones on the table stones, St Regulus graveyard is sometimes called the pirates' graveyard. There is, however, no evidence of pirates buried here. It is nevertheless an amazing place of rememberance and well worth a visit.

Funny Scottish Epitaphs: game in heaven

Here David Forrest's corpse asleep does lyeHis soul with Christ enjoys tranquility,A famous fowler on earth was heAnd for the snare shall last his memory.His years were 65 - now he doth singGlory to those Heavens, whereRowth of game doth spring.Raymon Lamont-Brown: Scottish Epitaphs, Edinburgh, Chambers, 1990 Headstone in Cupar, Fife

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