Welcome to Maryburgh

Maryburgh Community Collage

Aerial view of Maryburgh.

The River Conon and Tributaries

Arial view of the River Conon and Maryburgh
Aerial View of Maryburgh and River Conon

The Oure Burn, now running under the road bridge at the north east end of the village formed the march between Brekanord on what is now the Kildun side of the road with Balblair to the south west as far as the river crossing at Conon. On a map dated 1832 a ford is shown running diagonally across the river between what are now the sites of the road and railway bridges and a ferry across the quieter and deeper water upstream. This ferry was known as the Scuddell Ferry and is believed to derive from the Gaelic "Sgudale" meaning offal. As far back as 1637 this ferry was the subject of contention between neighbouring proprietors as to its ownership and rights in the collection of fares. The icehouse in the vicinity of the ford, and until recently near the old road bridge, would appear to confirm that fish gutting took place near the crossing and travellers were subjected to the offensive smell of such operations. History seems to repeat itself with modern fish-processing which took place on the Conon side. These crossings were eliminated by the opening of the road bridge constructed by THOMAS TELFORD in 1809.

Photograph of Mr Murdo Fraser, JP, fishing on the Conon River


Captain Jock "The Frigate" c1900

Captain Hector (Son of Jock) c1930 

Bridges over the River Conon
The Old Conon Road Bridge

The Old Toll House, Conon Bridge

Removal of the Old Conon Bridge

Removal of the Old Conon Bridge

This aerial photograph shows Maryburgh in the early 1960s before any housing had been built on what became the Macrae estate, Wrightfield Park, the riverside field adjacent to Wrightfield farm, and Mackenzie Place..  Proby Place houses have been built but not the Amenities Centre. The former A9 winds its way across the Telford bridge and the railway line across the adjacent bridge.  The trees on 'the Avenue' have all been cut down, so perhaps Wrightfield Park was contemplated?  [Photo courtesy of Mrs Rosemary Henderson] 
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