CRIECH - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868
"CRIECH, a parish in the county of Sutherland, Scotland. It contains the village of Bonar Bridge, and extends about 30 miles in a south-easterly direction, from Benmore-Assynt, to within 3 miles of Dornoch. Its breadth is from 2 to 10 miles, and it is bounded by Larg on the N., Assynt on the W., the river Oikell and the Darnoch Firth on the S., and the parish of Dornoch on the E. The surface is chiefly mountain and moorland, and pastures great numbers of black cattle and sheep. There are several lakes and much natural wood, chiefly oak and birch. Whinstone is quarried, and the salmon fisheries of the Shin, one of the tributaries of the Oikell, are very valuable. Near the church is an obelisk 8 feet long and 4 feet broad, said to mark the grave of a Danish chief. A fortification on the Dun of Criech is said to have been erected in the 12th century by an ancestor of the Earl of Ross. The parish, which is traversed by four excellent roads, is in the presbytery of Dornoch, and in the patronage of the crown and the Duke of Sutherland. The stipend of the minister is £209. The parish church stands 3 miles S.E. of Bonar Bridge, and there is a royal bounty mission at Rosehall. There are also two free churches, one at Criech and the other at Rosehall."
"DALCOURY, a village in the parish of Criech, in the county of Sutherland, Scotland, 6 miles S.W. of Loch Shin."
"ELST LOCH, in the parish of Criech, county Sutherland, Scotland. It lies near Bonar Bridge, and is about 2 miles long, with excellent trout fishing. The Elst Water connects it with Dornock Firth."
"INVERAN, the seat of a post-office in the parish of Criech, county Sutherland, Scotland."
"MIGDALE, a loch in the parish of Criech, county Sutherland, Scotland, 1 mile E. of Bonar-Bridge. It is situated near Dornoch-Frith, and is about 2 miles in length by 1 in breadth."
"SPINNINGDALE, a village in the parish of Criech, county Sutherland, Scotland. It is situated near Dornoch Frith, and had formerly a cotton manufactory, which was destroyed by fire in 1809."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of
Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]