This elegant Grade A listed former courthouse, built in 1773, now houses fascinating exhibitions about the historic town of Cromarty and the neighbouring parish of Resolis. The museum also boasts a unique soundscape throughout the building which gives an insight to Highland justice of the time, based on real stories and told using our memorable mannequins. FREE to visit.
Cromarty Courthouse Museum is housed in an elegant A-listed 18th century townhouse, refurbished in 1980s. It has two floors with a single storey jail extension, added in the mid-19th century to house 3 cells and an exercise gallery.
We are a community museum welcoming visitors curious about local history and Highland justice as experienced in our local parishes of Cromarty and Resolis. 2021 brings new soundscapes throughout our building, based on real stories and told using our memorable mannequins. Two trials can be heard in the courtroom - gems of stories concerning 18th century vandalism and a pub brawl with undertones of racism. The unique Cromarty Fishertoun dialect is used to full effect in these trials. In a prison cell, a Victorian era prisoner, fallen on hard times, talks to his jailer. From behind his desk, the eccentric 17th century laird of Cromarty, Sir Thomas Urquhart, will confront you with one of his many obsessions! All the voices used in our recordings are members of our local community.
The Museum collection consists of objects, paper archives, books and photographs. These illustrate the history of the area from the foundation of the medieval burgh through its heyday as a fishing community and commercial centre and forward to the 21st century.The Museum also runs a programme of changing exhibitions that often involve community input. The shop sells a range of locally-produced goods as well as items made specifically for the Courthouse from elsewhere in Scotland.
There is an attractive walled garden to the rear of the building that has been nurtured over the last few years as a wild-flower garden and orchard.