Monday, 29 February 2016


Parish of Rogart
'Rogart is the next station, and we enter the parish by the upper end of Strath Fleet which widens to the eastward, and its slopes, in some place rugged and steep, on others rising gradually, present a variety of pleasing scenery.  The want of woods certainly detracts from the appearance of many parts of this glen, but the cottars' neat and apparently comfortable houses, and the mansion-like residences of the large farmers go far to give the whole district a look of comfort and prosperity.  The men of Rogart are generally considered to be of superior physique and, at the recent review of volunteers at Edinburgh by Her Majesty, it was remarked that the detachment from the county, and especially the men from this parish, presented an appearance that was favourably noticed by all.'  (Tourists' Guide, 1883, Hew Morrison)

During medieval times in Rogart small scale farming occurred in almost every glen and people lived by a clan or feudal system.  Small townships were found all around and people were subsistence farmers with economies relying on small black cattle - the original Highland cattle.  The Clearances changed this way of life forever in the early and mid 1800s.  People were cleared from the glens to make way for sheep which provided a much more profitable income for landlords.  Today Rogart depends on crofting, farming, sporting estates and tourism for employment and income.  The crofts you see around have been farmed for many years and this traditional low intensity farming is very valuable, both for the environment and local communities economic and social life.  Many of the old crofts are still inhabited by descendants of original Rogart folks.

Information here includes:
There are links on the right to all other parishes of Sutherland plus items that relate to all parishes - for specifically Rogart items use LABELS on right.

Burial Grounds
There are two burial grounds in Rogart - St Callan's churchyard and the new cemetery. Both have been photographed and transcribed and can be seen in the Burial Grounds  section. 

See also: 
Rogart War Memorial
Parish Project Albums - view photographs of people and places in Rogart
Natives of Sutherland - includes people from Rogart who left the county
Rogart Mountain 
Maps of Rogart - a modern Google map on right also
Inchcape, Rogart - a project by members of our mailing list 
1809 Militia List of Rogart
1824 Militia List of Rogart 
1812 Statute List - label on right 
Schools - early education in Sutherland  
Sutherland People  - Rogart families being researched by our members


ROGART, the story of a Sutherland crofting parish, by John Macdonald, published by Rogart Heritage Society ISBN 0 95311724 4 9, from days long gone through to today, this book will keep all those with links to Rogart enthralled. Updated version of this book with a new index is now available direct from John Macdonald    

The Duke of Sutherland's Memoirs, contains a full list of all those who made a contribution to the Duke's statue in 1834

Ministers & Men of the North - can be read on the internet

updated 17/3/2016