Alness, parish

Grid reference

NH 644 690 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

264400 869000





Nearby places

Dalmore, Rosskeen (1.26 miles)

St Columba's Well, Rosskeen (1.72 miles)

Nonakiln, former parish, Rosskeen (1.76 miles)

St Ninian's Chapel, Rosskeen (1.76 miles)

Lady Flat, Alness (2.66 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)

Parish details


Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

‘It lies chiefly between the rivers of Alness and Aultgrande... It has two lakes, Lochglass and Lochmuire.’ [OPS ii pt 2, 472] In 1384 either the bridge or the church of Alnes was built by William Ros of Balnagown, or by his wife the daughter of Lord Livingstone’ [OPS ii pt 2, 472; from ‘Cronicle of the Earlis of Ross’]. ‘The bridge of Alnes occurs in record in 1439’ [OPS ii pt 2, 476 - Cawdor Charters]. The parsonage was probably a prebend of Ross in 1227 and was certainly so by 1445 (Mor. Reg., no.65; Register of Supplications 402, 81v; Munro Writs, no.109). Cowan 1967, 5. ‘The church appears to have always occupied the site of the present building, erected in 1780 ..on the right bank of the burn of Teaninich.’ [OPS ii pt 2, 473]. Chaplainry of Kildermorie or Tollie in parish, dedicated to BVM. [OPS ii pt 2, 473]. No changes noted in Shennan 1892.