"Kiltearn 2020, The Church in the Parish"

Now available to purchase!

"Kiltearn 2020, The Church in the Parish" written by Catriona Fraser, published by Evanton Community Trust, tells the story of the Old Kirk in Evanton from the its earliest period  to modern times. On sale here now!

In 2017, Evanton Community Trust undertook a community project, investigating the Kiltearn Old Kirk, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Kiltearn Community Council, Archaeology Scotland and Clan Munro Association. Participants from the Kiltearn and the wider community, with the help and support of ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands ) explored old documents and maps in libraries, archives and online. They recorded inscriptions and photographed all the gravestones in the old kirkyard, undertook a full photographic record of the kirk and did a standing building survey.  They also learnt about how to carry out family history searches. The group then produced a display of photographs and text which was exhibited in Dingwall library and in the Cornerstone Café in Evanton.

As a result of the new and fascinating information uncovered during this project a local author, Catriona Fraser was inspired to edit and revise her book, originally published in 2000, which explored the history of the Kiltearn Old Kirk.

Books are priced at £9 per book – post and packing detailed below

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Copies of the Book can be obtained by contacting the Secretary of the Evanton Community Trust at secretary@ect.scot with payment by cheque (payable to Evanton Community Trust) or bank transfer, or buy now with PayPal

Book - "Kiltearn 2020, The Church in the Parish"

 

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In 2017 Evanton Community Trust undertook a community project investigating Kiltearn Old Kirk with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Kiltearn Community Council, Archaeology Scotland and Clan Munro Association. Around 50 participants explored old documents and maps in libraries, archives and online, recorded inscriptions and photographed all gravestones in the old kirkyard, undertook a full photographic record of the kirk and did a standing building survey, and learned how to do family history searches and then investigated names thrown up in research and gravestone recording. The group then produced a display and text for a signboard. This binder contains resources collected during the project.

The research was led by Susan Kruse of ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands), with archaeologist Lynne McKeggie leading the standing building survey and Anne Fraser of Highland Archives providing the family history sessions. Iain Clark and Catriona Fraser provided sessions for Kiltearn Primary School.

The historical research revealed far more information than expected. The Munro of Foulis archives, deposited with the National Records of Scotland, are available at Highland Archive Centre, along with the Kirk Session Records. Further archives at Foulis Castle were examined by participants. From these and other published sources we were able to build up a picture of the church and vicinity. Although the church now is isolated near the shore, documents show in the 1500s it was part of a thriving hamlet, with ale house, mill and crofts.

A full photographic survey of the kirk was produced during the standing building survey module, with the pictures submitted to the Highland HER and available in digital format at the Cornerstone Café in Evanton. A plan was also produced and elevations of the east walls of the church. A copy of the reports are on the ARCH web site http://www.archhighland.org.uk/library.asp, in the Kiltearn Old Kirk folder within the ARCH Projects Reports folder.

An information board has now been placed outside of the Old Kirk -click on the thumbnail below to view