5 June 2019

Tulloch connection rings a bell in boost for Fortrose Cathedral book

Tulloch Homes has been delighted to support the publication of a new book about Fortrose Cathedral.

This is the 559th anniversary of Bishop Tulloch gifting a bell to Fortrose Cathedral – and to mark the milestone, Tulloch Homes has assisted the publication of a new book by Elizabeth Sutherland, award-winning local author, and talented local artist Rachel Bevan Baker.

The pair have teamed up to create ‘Highland Cathedral’, an illustrated book for children and families.

Mike Marshall, Mrs Sutherland’s son, and fundraiser for the venture, said: "Bishop Tulloch’s bell can still be heard today, 559 years later, so we approached Tulloch Homes to donate £1 for every year, and we’re delighted that they have agreed.

“This is a boost to our fundraising, which now stands at £6,500 towards publishing costs and we hope to launch the publication on July 21.”

The old bell, in the cathedral’s Clock Tower, has an inscription bearing the name of Thomas Tulloch, Bishop of Ross in 1460, who donated the bell to St Mary and St Boniface.

Mr Marshall added: "My mother feels that the stories of what is one of only 13 medieval cathedrals in Scotland are little known and that it would be nice for Black Isle families to be aware of them. They can see visualised what we once had here in Fortrose.

“We hope this can be the spur to the wider community, and Historic Environment Scotland, to take a renewed interest in medieval Fortrose.

“All profits from the book will go to Fortrose and Rosemarkie Community Council to use for local causes.”

George Fraser, Tulloch Homes chief executive, pictured with Mrs Sutherland, said: "The Tulloch connection with the cathedral is intriguing and we’re more than happy to help Mrs Sutherland’s book be published. We should preserve as much Highland history as possible.”

Tulloch Homes recently built a range of homes at nearby Chanonry Park, Fortrose, where the last house remains for sale.

New phases are underway at Braes of Conon, Conon Bridge, and Broomhill, Muir of Ord.

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