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  • #36431
    ,Kevin
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    Hi, my name is Kevin Power from Melbourne, Australia. I visited Killin in 1995 while a Folk Festival was in progress.

    I found B&B accomodation in the main street and wandered down to the recreation reserve only to find Billy Connolly there with his children. So that was a major highlight for me. Saw him again in the evening dining at a restaurant with his children. [restaurant had a creek at the back].

    Then I went down to one of the hotels and found myself in the middle of a celeigh from which I am still recovering.

    The next day I visited the ruins of an ancient chapel some little way out of Killin alongside which there was a small graveyard with some famous people buried there.

    Alas, I can no longer remember who they were. Can anyone help me with some names??

    Then off to Edinburgh next day with a side visit to the Rosslyn Chapel at Roslin.

    #37483
    ,Kevin
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    Kevin;1322 wrote:
    Hi, my name is Kevin Power from Melbourne, Australia. I visited Killin in 1995 while a Folk Festival was in progress.

    The next day I visited the ruins of an ancient chapel some little way out of Killin alongside which there was a small graveyard with some famous people buried there.

    Alas, I can no longer remember who they were. Can anyone help me with some names?? .

    Doesn’t anyone know? The chapel was ancient as were the gravestones. Probably no more than a dozen or so there.

    #37480
    ,Mags Campbell
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    Suspect you were visiting Finlarig Castle. An old stronghold of the Campbell Clan. There are a couple of graves still beside the ruined chapel but they are not famous people. Sorry don’t know there names but they will be “Campbells”. The Castle used to belong to Lord Breadalbane who in the 1950’s was suffering from a severe shortage of funds. At that time the law was that if you had a roof on a building you were required to pay rates – don’t know what you call it in Auz but is a form of community charge. Anyway in order to avoid paying the rates he ordered that the chapel crypt be emptied and the bodies buried elsewhere. He then ordered that the roof of the castle and the chapel be knocked in. Absolute vandalism by today’s standards. Finlarig is important because its one of the few if not the only castle in Scotland with a be-heading pit. Cheery. Now, because of Lord Breadalbane the place is past repair, very dangerous and very few people venture into it.

    #37484
    ,Kevin
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    Mags Campbell;1351 wrote:
    Suspect you were visiting Finlarig Castle. An old stronghold of the Campbell Clan. There are a couple of graves still beside the ruined chapel but they are not famous people. Sorry don’t know there names but they will be “Campbells”. The Castle used to belong to Lord Breadalbane who in the 1950’s was suffering from a severe shortage of funds. At that time the law was that if you had a roof on a building you were required to pay rates – don’t know what you call it in Auz but is a form of community charge. Anyway in order to avoid paying the rates he ordered that the chapel crypt be emptied and the bodies buried elsewhere. He then ordered that the roof of the castle and the chapel be knocked in. Absolute vandalism by today’s standards. Finlarig is important because its one of the few if not the only castle in Scotland with a be-heading pit. Cheery. Now, because of Lord Breadalbane the place is past repair, very dangerous and very few people venture into it.

    Thanks for your informative reply, Mags. I don’t recall seeing any castle ruins nearby – just the small chapels and the gravestones. I rember taking some pics of some of the headstones. Do hope I haven’t thrown them out.

    Agree with you about Lord Breadalbane’s vandalism.

    In Australia, you would still pay rates on your property – roofed or not!

    #37482
    ,edam.freeserve.co.uk
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    Hello newbie I have a feeling you are trying to describe Morenish Chapel which is a little way out of Killin. If you look on the Parish Church part of the web site you will see pictures of it and information regarding the graves. Hope this is helpful.

    #37485
    ,Kevin
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    edam.freeserve.co.uk;1353 wrote:
    Hello newbie I have a feeling you are trying to describe Morenish Chapel which is a little way out of Killin. If you look on the Parish Church part of the web site you will see pictures of it and information regarding the graves. Hope this is helpful.

    Thanks, I’ve just checked that and the place I remember was in ruins. Looks like I will have to find my old slides and post some pics.

    #37481
    ,Mags Campbell
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    Think you will need to get the pictures out because I can’t think where you are talking about. there is an old cemetry behind the Killin Hotel but can’t remember if it has any old chapel in it. doubt it – mind you it must be 40 years since I was in there! Finlarig was not a big castle and possibly could be mistaken for a something else. however, there is definitely only two graves there just beside the old chapel.

    #37486
    ,Kevin
    Participant
    Mags Campbell;1369 wrote:
    Think you will need to get the pictures out because I can’t think where you are talking about. there is an old cemetry behind the Killin Hotel but can’t remember if it has any old chapel in it. doubt it – mind you it must be 40 years since I was in there! Finlarig was not a big castle and possibly could be mistaken for a something else. however, there is definitely only two graves there just beside the old chapel.

    Thanks, Mags. From memory, I had to drive a little way out of town to this graveyard, which makes me think it wasn’t the one behind the Killin Hotel. Have just looked at some photos of Finlarig castle on the internet and it was not the place. However, Rob Roy/McGregor rings a bell re one of the gravestones.

    Haven’t found my slides yet but hopefully when I do, the mystery might be solved. Thanks for your help.

    Kevin

    #37479
    ,Webmaster
    Participant

    Do the photos on this page ring any bells?

    http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/balquhidder/balquhidderchurch/index.html

    Webmaster

    #37487
    ,Kevin
    Participant
    Webmaster;1372 wrote:
    Do the photos on this page ring any bells?

    http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/balquhidder/balquhidderchurch/index.html

    Webmaster

    Thank you so much. I’m sure that was the place I visited. What a relief. I thought I was going mad talking about a place no one seemed to know of.

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