Canisbay Church
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Canisbay Church

A settlement in a parish of the same name in NE Caithness, Highland Council Area, Canisbay lies on the Pentland Firth, 2 miles (3 km) west of John o' Groats. The mediaeval St Drostan's Church with its saddle-back west tower has in its porch a tombstone commemorating members of the Dutch Grot or Groat family which settled in Caithness in the late 15th Century and whose descendants operated a ferry to Orkney. John Groat, who held a pennyland in nearby Duncansby from the Earl of Caithness, gave his name to John o' Groats.

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