Welcome to Fortrose and Rosemarkie

Fortrose and Rosemarkie Community Collage

Fortrose Cathedral

Welcome to Fortrose and Rosemarkie

St Boniface, a 7th century Irish monk whose name is preserved in the annual fair held in Fortrose, is said to have landed at Chanonry Point and to have established a series of churches in Fortrose and the adjacent Rosemarkie.  However, it was not until the 13th century that Fortrose cathedral was begun.

The same Chanonry Point was the scene where the Highland seer, Coinneach Odhar (Kenneth Mackenzie),, was burned to death on the orders of Lady Isabella Mackenzie of Brahan, Countess of Seaforth.  Lady Seaforth had urged Kenneth to reveal the reason why her husband had remained so long in France and, when told of his infidelity, had exacted revenge on Coinneach. 

Housing for the clergy surrounded the cathedral green and in the 19th century the town was developed through a link to Inverness by a daily steamer.  In modern times, the construction of the Kessock Bridge in the 1980s resulted in a programme of house-building that has increased the size of the burgh.

For information on Rosemarkie, the adjacent burgh, please see the history produced by the local Women's Rural Institute (WRI) in the 1960s.   Click here to view.



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