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Emigration Stone
Emigration Stone
Emigration Stone
Emigration Stone
Emigration Stone
Emigration Stone
Emigration Stone
Emigration Stone
Emigration Stone
Emigration Stone
Emigration Stone
Emigration Stone
Emigration Stone

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A Caithness stone slab tribute to the thousands of emigrants who departed Cromarty for the New World on scores of ships during the Highland clearances in the 1830s. The centre of the slab bears an inscription from Hugh Miller’s report in the 'Inverness Courier' of the sailing of the 'Cleopatra' in June 1831. The names of 39 other ships that departed Cromarty for the New World in the 1830s and 1840s are inscribed around the margin of the slab. Many of these are now obscured by lichen growth. the unveiling date was chosen to coincide with Hugh Miller's birthday.
Title

Emigration Stone

Date

2002

Medium

Caithness stone

Measurements

H 400 x W 75 x D 10 cm (E)

Accession number

IV11_DO_S147

Acquisition method

commissioned by Cromarty Arts Trust

Work type

Monument

Owner

Cromarty Arts Trust

Custodian

Cromarty Arts Trust

Work status

extant

Access

at all times

Inscription description

THE / CLEOPATRA / AS SHE SWEPT PAST / THE TOWN OF / CROMARTY / WAS GREETED / WITH THREE CHEERS / BY CROWDS OF / THE INHABITANTS / AND / THE EMIGRANTS / RETURNED / THE SALUTE / BUT / MINGLED WITH / THE DASH OF THE WAVES / AND THE MURMURS / OF THE BREEZE / THEIR FAINT / HUZZAS SEEMED / RATHER SOUNDS / OF WAILING / AND / LAMENTATION / THAN OF A / CONGRATULATORY / FAREWELL; vessel names (reading clockwise from lower left): AMI-ANN-ASIA-BLAGDON-BOYNE- BRILLIANT-CANADA-CLEOPATRA-CLIO-CORSAIR-DALMARNOCK-DILIGENCE-ECONOMIST-GEORGE- GOOD INTENT-HEADLEY-INDUSTRY-SABENA-SIMPSON-JOHN-JOHN (.)-KATE-(.)-(.)-MACNAUHGTON-LAMB-LORD BROUGHAM-P(...)ET-POLAND-ROBERT & MARGARET-ROVER-SALAMIS-SUPERIOR-THEODORA-TRITON-TWEED-VESTAL-VIEWFORTH-XYZ-ZEALOUS-ZEPHYR

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Located at

Marine Terrace, Cromarty

IV11 8XZ

Located at the seaward edge of the grassed 'links'.