Croy and Dalcross

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Croy and Dalcross is a parish, partly in Nairnshire, but chiefly in Inverness-shire, seven miles south-west from Nairn. The etymology of the name of Croy is altogether uncertain: the word Dalcross is derived from a Gaelic term signifying "the dale at the end of the ravine", and this description is strikingly applicable to the locality. The remains of Dalcross church have almost disappeared: the present parish church was built in 1767, and repaired in 1829.

The precise signification of Croy cannot be determined, as the name is also found in the Netherlands and Belgium. The word most analogous to it in the Celtic language is cruadh (hard). Dalcross, Dealganross, is from the Gaelic words, Dal aig ceann Rois, signifying "the dale at the end of the ravine". The only event worthy to be recorded, is the battle of Culloden, fought 16th April 1746, on a bleak moor five miles south-west of the church. The particulars have been so often and so minutely, and by Chambers, so faithfully and circumstantially narrated, that hardly anything further can be said.

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