Maryburgh Places

Maryburgh Community Collage
Maryburgh War Memorial is situated at the junction of Hood Street and Proby Street

Loch Ussie

Maryburgh Features

The War Memorial

Lieut. Roderick Macdonald, Somerby
Sgt. James Macrae, Maryburgh
Cpl. Alexander Fraser, Maryburgh
Cpl. Archie Sloan Strachan, Maryburgh
Cpl. Kenneth James Strachan, Maryburgh
L/Cpl. Robert J Mackay, Brahan
Pte. Alexander Allan, Maryburgh
Pte. William Campbell, Maryburgh
Pte. Donald Chisholm, Moy
Pte Roderick Finlayson, Maryburgh
Pte. Finlay Maciver, Knockfarrel
Pte. Alexander M F Mackay, Maryburgh
Pte. Duncan Mackintosh, Balnain
Pte. Jack Murdo Maclennan, Maryburgh
Pte. John Macphail, Tollie
Pte William Ross, Maryburgh
Pte. Duncan Stewart, Knockfarrel
Pte. Angus Stewart, Maryburgh
Pte. Kenneth W Stewart, Bogbain
Their names will remain for ever

Major Hon. Francis Stewart Mackenzie of Seaforth, 98th Field Regt. RA Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry
Major Hon. Michael Broderick, Coldstream Guards
CSM John A Maclean, DCM, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Cpl. Jack Blain, 12th Cameronians
Pte. Ernest Sutherland, 6th Seaforth Highlanders
Pte. John Gunn, 5th Seaforth Highlanders
Pte. Christina M Mackintosh, ATS

Looking east from the Memorial.

Looking south from the Memorial.

In 2007, Tom Thomas, a local resident, secured funding to enable the stonework of the memorial to be cleaned and the lettering improved.

A Wildlife Sanctuary

Loch Ussie and its surrounding area is classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its unpolluted, food-rich waters. The area supports many species of rare plants and most of the animal species that you would expect to find in this type of habitat.

Local legend claims that the loch was formed when, just before he was dragged off to be executed, the Brahan Seer threw his "stone" to the ground. Water started to flow up through the hole in the centre of the stone to form the loch.

Geologists tell us that the loch was formed at the end of the last ice age about 10,000 years

The River Conon

The River Conon flows east between the villages of Maryburgh and Conon Bridge before discharging into the Cromarty Firth at Dingwall. In past times, the river was navigable as far as Brahan for small sailing vessels such as luggers and the remains of the old harbour can still be seen at Brahan. Nowadays the river is reknowned for its fine fishing for both salmon and trout.

The River Conon looking downstream from the "new" road bridge.  The raised bank on the right is a flood bank built to protect Conon Bridge village.

The view looking upstream showing the metal bridge carrying utility pipes between Maryburgh and Conon and the railway bridge behind.

History of the Railway Bridge 

The frozen River Conon in the early part of the 20th century showing the rail bridge and the road bridge in the background.  [Photo:  RCHS]

The bridge in the 21st century, looking upstream.

The plaque on the Maryburgh side of the rail bridge commemorates the opening of the Inverness and Ross-shire Railway on 11 June 1862.  It lists the directors of the company, the civil engineer and the contractor.  [Photo courtesy of Douglas Chisholm.]

RCHS is grateful to the Editor of the Ross-shire Journal for permission to reproduce the article which appeared in the edition of 8 June 2012 to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of that section of the Highland Railway.

In January 1859 Alexander Matheson convened a meeting of interested parties to discuss the building of a railway from Inverness to Dingwall.  Matheson was a director of Jardine Matheson which traded between India and China.

He and his uncle James, one of the founders, both made fortunes and were able to purchase Highland estates.  Alexander owned Ardross, near Alness.

After Queen Victoria and Prince Albert purchased Balmoral, the Scottish Highlands became a popular tourist destination.  The landed gentry liked to travel each summer for their Scottish estates along with their retinue, so good communications were essential for them as well as for the local population who were able to benefit from the employment provided.

The indigenous landowners were also keen on the railway as they realised this was an opportunity for them to develop the resources of their estates for export such as wood, fish, grain and whisky. 

The Dingwall Town Council was very enthusiastic about a railway.  Its citizens had either to walk or ride on horseback to Inverness or rely on the stagecoach.  From there, they were able to get a train to Aberdeen and travel further south if they wished.

The directors asked Joseph Mitchell, the engineer for the railway eastwards along the coast to Keith, to carry out a survey.  He and his assistants, William and Murdoch Paterson

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