MHG7340 - Rosemarkie Burgh
Royal Burgh of Rosemarkie
Type and Period (1)
- BURGH (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD)
- None recorded
NH75NW 74 73 57.
Rosemarkie probably attained the status of a royal burgh in the 13th century, but the earliest documentary evidence dates from 1455, when the burgh of Fortrose (NH75NW 75) was annexed.
G S Pryde 1965; RCAHMS 1979d.
Place Names of Ross and Cromarty p 128 onwards
Rosmarkensis Episcopus c. 1228;
G. Ros-maircnidh or Rosmarcanaidh ;
also Ros-mhaircni. Invermarky 1476 Reg. Mag Sig.
Proves that we are dealing with a stream name ; of Marknie Burn flowing into L. Killin, Whitebridge. Marcnaidh, or by regressive assimilation Mairenidh, is based on marc, horse, and might well be the old genitive of marcnach, place of horses ; for formation of. Muc-an-ach, place of swine ; Clach-an-ach, place of stones. Here, however, it is better regarded as showing the;ie ending so common in stream names, e. g., Feshie, Mashie, Tromie, representing an old;ios. Ros may mean (1) cape point ; (2) wood, but as Rosemarkie is situated at the base of Fortrose point, the whole name means Point of the horseburn rather than wood of the same.* *Dr Reeves (Culdees p. 45) quotes the Martyrology of Tamlacht– “16 March ;Curitan espsoip ocus abb Ruis mic bairend,” and amends to Rosmbaircend yielding “Curitan bishop and abbot of Rosemarky”. The Martyology of Donegal has Curitan of Ros-meinn. <1>
Ordnance Survey Mastermap <2>
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Pryde, G S. 1965. The burghs of Scotland: a critical list. 28-30, no. 64; p. 41, no. 98.
- --- Text/Report: RCAHMS. 1979. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of the Black Isle, Ross and Cromarty District, Highland Region. .
- <1> Text/Publication/Volume: Watson, W J. 1904. Place names of Ross and Cromarty. p.128 onwards.
- <2> Image/Map: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Mastermap. Digital. XY
|Grid reference||Centred NH 7360 5768 (665m by 1107m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Geographical Area||ROSS AND CROMARTY|
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- https://canmore.org.uk/site/77212 (View HES Canmore entry for this site)
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