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Fortrose, Highland

Fortrose is a burgh in the Scottish Highlands. It is on the Moray Firth, about six miles north-east of Inverness. The town is known for its ruined 13th century cathedral, and as the home of the Brahan Seer. In the Middle Ages it was the seat of the bishopric of Ross. The Cathedral was largely demolished in the mid-seventeenth century by Oliver Cromwell to provide building materials for a citadel at Inverness.
Administrative CountyHighland
Traditional CountyRoss-shire
OS GridNH7256
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityNorthern Scotland
Fire and Rescue AuthorityHighlands and Islands
Fire and Rescue AuthorityHighlands and Islands
Ambulance AuthorityScottish

Fortrose, Highland in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Fortrose, parl. and royal burgh, small town, and quoad sacra par., Rosemarkie par., Ross-shire, on W. side of the Inner Moray Firth, nearly opposite to Fort George (to which there is a ferry), and 10½ miles NE. of Inverness -- par., pop. 492; town, pop. 874; parl. burgh, pop. 869; royal burgh, pop. 986; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-day, Friday. Fortrose consists of Fortrose proper (formerly called Chanonry, from being the chanonry of Ross, where the bishop had his residence) and Rosemarkie, about 1 mile NE. Of the cathedral (beginning of 14th century), the greater part of which was removed by Cromwell to provide materials for the erection of his fort at Inverness, there are now very few remains. Fortrose is a summer resort, its attractions being its romantic scenery, its fine links, and its facilities for sea-bathing. It has daily communication by steamer with Inverness. A new wooden pier, at which steamers can touch at all states of the tide, was erected in 1881. The harbour is safe and convenient; but there is no regular trade. Fortrose unites with Inverness, Nairn, and Forres in returning 1 member to Parliament.

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