Ross and Cromarty, Scotland Genealogy

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Ross and Cromarty are two counties in the north of Scotland, under the jurisdiction of one sheriff [which are now considered one county].  They are bounded on the north by Sutherlandshire, on the east by the German Ocean, on the south and south-east by Inverness-shire, and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean.  They extend about 67 miles in length and 58 miles in breadth, comprising an area of 3799 square miles or 2,431,360 acres, of which 223,560 are Cromarty.  Cromarty is a peninsula, called the Black Isle, which lies between the Cromarty and Moray Firths.

The combined counties consist of 31 parishes.  They are under three sub-sheriffs who hold their courts at Cromarty and Tain, Dingwall and Fortrose, and Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.  The royal burghs are Dingwall, Tain, and Fortrose, the market-towns are Cromarty and Stornoway, which are burghs of barony, and there are numerous smaller places. 

Ross and Cromarty include the districts of Ardross, Easter Ross, Ardmeanach or the Black Isles, Kintail, Strathcarron, and the greater port of the island of Lewis.  The general surface is wild and mountainous, diversified with numerous glens and some pleasant and fertile valleys, enlivened with several rivers and lakes.  The western coast is indented by many lochs and bays.  Ardmeanach, or the Black Isle, is so called due to its bleak moorland character.  The Isle of Lewis is less mountainous but is equally dreary and barren.   



Here is a list of historic parishes for the county of Ross & Cromarty with their parish numbers. Click on a parish name to see information about records.

Parish No. Parish No.
Alness 57 Lochalsh 74
Applecross 58 Lochbroom 75
Avoch 59 Lochcarron 76
Contin 60 Logie-Easter 77
Cromarty 61 Logie-Wester -- see Urquhart 84
Cullicudden -- see Resolis 79 Nigg 78
Edderton 63 Resolis (formerly Kirkmichael & Cullicudden) 79
Fearn 64 Rosemarkie 80
Fodderty 65 Rosskeen 81
Gairloch 66 Shieldaig -- see Applecross 58
Glenshiel 67 Suddy -- see Knockbain 73
Killearnan 68 Tain 82
Kilmuir-Easter 69 Tarbat 83
Kilmuir-Wester -- see Knockbain 73 Urquhart & Logie-Wester 84
Kiltearn 70 Urray 85
Kincardine 71 Barvas(Insular) 86
Kirkmichael -- see Resolis 79 Lochs(Insular) 87
Kishorn -- see Applecross 58 Stornoway(Insular) 88
Kintail 72 Uig (Insular) 89
Knockbain (formerly Kilmuir-Wester & Suddy) 73


Click on the map at the right to see a larger version, and click again on the larger map. Next, click on the ‘Expand’ button when it appears in the lower right-hand corner of the map.
Ross&Crom, c. 1845.jpg

Click here to see an outline map of the parishes of Ross & Cromarty. 

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