Published: 17/12/2013 15:38 - Updated: 17/12/2013 16:40

What's hiding at the Old High?

The Old High Church, Inverness.
The Old High Church, Inverness.

THE Old High Church overlooking the River Ness is the most historic kirk in Inverness.

Now some of the stories from its eventful history, which include its graveyard becoming an execution yard in the aftermath of Culloden, have been collected in new book Tales of The Old High by the church's unofficial historian Ross Martin, who initially put the information together as a guide for people "church-sitting" during public open days.

In his introduction to the book, current minister Rev Peter Nimmo points out: "When showing people around the Old High, I sometimes say that it has been a Celtic, Roman Catholic and Episcopal Church and that it is currently Presbyterian!

"All the major Christian communities of Inverness have their roots in this site, which properly belongs not simply to the congregation of Old High St Stephen's, but to all the citizens of the Highland Capital, for it helped make us who we are."

Available from the church and Waterstones' bookshop in Inverness, the 40 page book also includes photographs of some of the features and items of the Old High often overlooked by casual visitors or even its own congregation.

Here are some of them.

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