Dingwall Introduction

Attribution: unknown (Greenhill street  in Dingwall looking North)

Dingwall - Inbhir Pheofharain

Just fourteen miles north-west of Inverness, at the mouth of the River Peffery which drains into the Cromarty Firth, lies the ancient and Royal Burgh of Dingwall (received its royal charter in 1226 from James IV), a town which has enjoyed a prominent and colourful past that is still apparent today.

The town, which lies in the shadow of Ben Wyvis (3429 feet), is not only renowned for its cultural and historical heritage but has, along with the surrounding area, an abundance of natural heritage. Many of these areas have received recognition of this by being designated as sites of Special Scientific Interest, the Cromarty Firth being most notable.
With the current population in excess of six thousand people, Dingwall is a community consisting of a melting pot of cultures, both modern and ancient, of which the most notable connections are Norse and Celtic. The name “Dingwall” is Nordic in origin and is said to mean a “parliament or meeting place” which refers to the period of occupation of the town by Thorfin the Viking.

Dingwall is also infamous for its alleged historical connections with Macbeth (of Shakespeare note) and Robert de Bruce (Champion of Scottish Independence in the fourteenth century!)

The architecture inherent in the town’s structure is impressive and reveals its ancient nature, features that have been documented in the works of well-known local photographers such as F W Urquhart and John Munro whose pictorial records date from the latter part of the nineteenth century.

Most notable in the town are the various war memorials dedicated to the local Seaforth Highlander soldiers who fought in both the world wars.

Exploration of these and other topical themes will be the aim of the following pages, to reveal the vibrant heritage of this ancient province.

01 Dingwall Environment

View of Dingwall and the Cromarty Firth from Mitchell Hill

Attribution: unknown

Visitors Reviews and Comments

Dingwall introduction

1226 charter from Alexander II. James IV was a 15thC king born 1473, died at Flodden 1513. Alexander II was a 13thC king 1198-1249. Population of whole IV15 area 5887 in 2011. Change it to either 'over 5000' or 'nearly 6000'. Thorfinn was earl of Orkney. Not 'Robert de Bruce', use either The Bruce as his position or 'de Brus' as the older version of his name.
Jonathan McColl
19 August 2021

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