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Ardross history and heritage in the spotlight after fascinating project supported by Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH)

By Hector MacKenzie

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Ardross Community Hall hosted sessions gathering information.
Ardross Community Hall hosted sessions gathering information.

THE heritage of an area of Easter Ross steeped in history has come under the spotlight thanks to the success of a community project.

Ardross Community Council funded a history project which has now come to fruition.

Sessions were held in the Ardross Community Hall last autumn.

A summary of people's memories and recollections about Ardross has now been published and can be viewed here https://www.ardross.community/.../remembering-ardross.html

It is hoped there will be a public exhibition in 2022.

The fascinating history and heritage of Ardross was researched and explored in the autumn of 2021.

The memories and legends recalled by residents and those who had lived and worked in Ardross were steered and guided through compiling a history by Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH) which provided funding. Ardross Community Council and Historic Environment Scotland also chipped in to the effort.

Ardross has a long history of human settlement: cupmarked stones from 3500 BCE; chambered cairns; the famous Pictish stones including the Wolfstone; an insurrection in the “Year of the Sheep” - “Bliahna nan Caorach” at the begining of the Highland Clearances; forward-thinking landowners of the 19th century. Ardross still has a strong and clear identity today.

The group also produced binders containing even more information and research as well as a mobile display stand.

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