Road Trip Drive With Music To Free Church On Visit To Rosskeen In Ross and Cromarty Scotland

Tour Scotland early Autumn travel video, with Scottish bagpipes and drums music, of a road trip drive to the Free Church on ancestry, genealogy, history visit to Rosskeen in Ross and Cromarty. The parish includes Invergordon, Bridgend and Saltburn. The Free Church was formed by Evangelicals who broke from the Church of Scotland in 1843 in protest against what they regarded as the state's encroachment on the spiritual independence of the Church. The Disruption of 1843 was a bitter, nationwide division which split the established Church of Scotland. It was larger than the previous historical secessions of 1733 or 1761. The evangelical element had been demanding the purification of the Church, and it attacked the patronage system, which allowed rich landowners to select the local ministers. Robert Candlish was influential perhaps second only to Thomas Chalmers in bringing about the Disruption. Description from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland in 1868. Rosskeen, a parish in the county of Ross, Scotland. It contains the villages of Bridgend, Saltburn, and Invergordon, at which last place is a safe harbour for vessels of 100 tons. It extends in length from 25 to 30 miles, with an extreme breadth of about 12, and is bounded on the S.E. by the Cromarty Firth, and on its other sides by the parishes of Alness, Kincardine, Edderton, and Kelmuir. The portion containing the greater part of the population extends about 10 miles N.W. from the Firth, with a mean breadth of about 6 miles. The surface is moderately even, except on the Kincardine boundary, where the Cairn-Coinneag mountains rise to an altitude of about 3,000 feet above sea-level. The land is chiefly in heathy pasture and sheep walks. There are three or four lakes, but none of magnitude. The Balnagowan river takes its rise in this parish, but soon recedes from it into Kilmuir. The lower portion of the south-western boundary is traversed by the river Alness. The coast line is about 6 miles in length, and indented by several small creeks and havens, which facilitate fishing and commerce. The predominant rock is Old Red sandstone, which is quarried to some extent on the southern border. The soil on the high grounds was naturally of a spongy and light nature, but has been improved to a rich loam, and in the low lands it is of various qualities, alternating betwixt gravel, loam, and a strong clay. The parish is traversed by the road from Dingwall to Tain. There is a ferry at Invergordon to Kirkmichael, and an extensive grain mill at Dalmore. In the vicinity are an obelisk and several cairns. This parish is in the presbytery of Tain and synod of Ross. The stipend of the minister is £157. The church is situated about 1½ mile W. from Invergordon. There are also a Free church, five Free Church schools, and a private girls' school. W. Mackintosh, author of several works, was born in this parish. When driving in Scotland, slow down and enjoy the trip All photographs are copyright of Sandy Stevenson, Tour Scotland, and may not be used without permission.

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