Dalcross.

Chapel within the Parish of: Croy.

OS Ref: NH 775485    RCAHMS No: NH74NE 18

The name Dalcross seems to come from Dealg an Rois. The dedication of the church is unknown.

The Vicar of Dalcross (under the Prior of Urquhart) was to celebrate the Divine Service twice a week in the Chapel of Kilravock. This Chapel had been conjoined to Dalcross by 1275. This charter, dated 1343, also introduces the "Hermit of St Mary's Chapel" at Rate (Rait). Dalcross was in the posession of Urquhart Priory from at least 1343 and probably much earlier. It is often omitted from lists of Moray churches since it does not appear in taxation lists, its income being shown within those of the Priory. In the Synodatica Episcopatus Moravienses in the Registrum, the Prior of Urquhard appears within the list under the Deanery of Inverness "pro Dalcors", that is, by virtue of the priory being invested with the church. The Prior thus had a place within the Deanery of Inverness as well as that of Elgin.

Dalcross was annexed to Croy parish on 14th July 1618.

Although some grave-markers still remain, it is said that the graveyard has not been used now for over 200 years.

 

The outline of the church is quite visible when the bracken has died down.

The foundations looking west.

 

An old gravemarker to the south-east of the church.

 

 

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