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"ROGART, a parish in the county of Sutherland, Scotland. It extends in length about 17 miles from S.E. to N.W., with an extreme breadth of about 9 miles, and is bounded by the parishes of Farr, Clyne, Golspie, Dornoch, Criech, and Lairg. The surface is of a hilly character, being composed of two valleys, and separated by a group of rocky hills, some of which rise from 800 to 1,000 feet above the level of the sea. It is traversed by the rivers Brora and Fleet, the former rises in the extreme N., and flows into the Clyne, while the river Fleet arises from a lake, and falls into the Dornoch. There are none but wooden bridges. The vales of Strathbrora and Strathfleet, which derive their names from the above-mentioned streams, vary in breadth from a few yards to near a mile, occupying the principal portion of the parochial area. Gneiss is the prevailing rock. The lands in the straths are liable to be overflowed. The soil at the bottom of the valleys and on the skirts of the hills is of a sandy and gravelly nature. Peat moss abounds to a great extent. The village is distant about 6 miles N.W. of Golspie, and is situated nearly on the summit of a high hill; hence it derives its name from Rogh Ard, or "very high." In the parish are many traces of Picts' houses, Danish camps, and tumuli. This parish is in the presbytery of Dornoch and synod of Sutherland and Caithness. The stipend of the minister is £155. The church, erected in 1777, is situated on an eminence. There are a Free church, a parochial school, and two other schools. The Duke of Sutherland owns most part of the land."

Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)



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1851 - Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, Samuel Lewis

  • ROGART, a parish, in the county of Sutherland, 10 miles (W. N. W.) from Golspie; containing 1501 inhabitants. This place is generally supposed to have derived its name from a compound Gaelic word, of which Rogart is a corruption, signifying a " lofty inclined plane", and having reference to the high ground and acclivities in various parts of the parish, and especially to the elevated land on which the village stands. The locality appears to have been in remote times the scene of sanguinary conflicts, as the remains of encampments and some tumuli are still visible: several of the latter are to be seen on a ridge of hills running from north to south in the eastern quarter of the parish, from Strathbrora to Strathfleet; and stone coffins, daggers, and other warlike instruments have been discovered. At a place called Rhin, in the valley of Strathfleet, the brave Montrose halted for a night, when on his return from Orkney; upon the next day marching to Strathoicail, on whose heights he fought his last battle. The PARISH is an irregular square in its form, about ten miles long and ten broad, and contains an area of 6'2,800 acres. It is bounded on the north by parts of the parishes of Clyne and Farr, on the south by parts of those of Dornoch and Criech, on the east by parts of Dornoch and Golspie, and on the west by the parish of Lairg. The surface is altogether uneven, chiefly consisting of two valleys about five miles apart, which run through the parish from east to west, and the intermediate space of which is marked by moors, rocky hills, tracts of moss, and some few meadows. One of these valleys, called Strathfleet, is ten miles long, and varies in width from three quarters of a mile to only a few yards, its sides contracting themselves almost to the narrowness of the Fleet river, which flows through it. The sides of the valley, which occasionally are cultivated and produce crops, rise from 500 to 700 feet above the level of the stream, in most parts ascending in a gradual manner, but in some places exhibiting the features of an abrupt acclivity. Strathbrora, the other valley, is much more wild and rugged in its aspect than the former.

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