Cnocan Burraidh, Heritage Project

 

 

We are very excited to be working in partnership with Glen Urquhart Community Council on this heritage project.  Being led by Eve, an Archaeologist from Historic Environment Scotland, activities are underway with our local children, young people and groups, raising interest in our history, identifying changes and mapping the site. This will form part of the national archive and be available to locals and visitors alike.

 

 

Participants will learn about their local heritage; gain skills in how to conserve heritage (practical and recording); and will also be given the opportunity to learn about specialist jobs.  We are delighted the project has been approved by Archaeology Scotland for their Heritage Hero Awards, meaning everyone who completes their activities will receive a certificate

We have a range of activities planned, which will be scheduled later in the year, including site visits and a Community Sketch Show.
To find out more or to get involved please contact Nicky

Some background to the project can be read in the May 2019 press release

 

               

 

 

Activities Completed

Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre – 10 September measuring time back to the Castle, the clothes people wore, how houses and transport have changed and the wild animals that were in the Glen.  Check out their Blog

 

 

1st October  – visit to the site, told the story of the Grants and the Battle of Coire Buidhe, counted the graves, made drawings and took photographs. Check out their Blog

19th November – experience history with handling boxes from HES Urquhart Castle and ‘stone carving’ techniques using soap.

 

 

Glen Urquhart Primary School – 1st October – visit to the site and introduction to the history of the Grant family.  Referring to the list of grave markers completed in 1989 by Donald and Loraine Maclean of Dochgarroch, the children identified the stones and discussed why the condition had deteriorated and took photographs for their records.  Back at school the children looked up Drumnadrochit and Cnocan Burraidh using National Libraries of Scotland maps to see how things have changed, a super resource for anyone to use.

20th November –  local history walk to Lady’s Well, Balmacaan House gates and identify changes to access roads. Then in class the children used their chrome books to complete map work,  identified family links for the family tree and used MyCanmore to find and store information.

 

 

Balnain Primary School – 20th November both class were given an introduction to the history of the Grants; experienced history with handling boxes from HES Urquhart Castle and learned how to make royal seals and decrees.

 

 

 

 

25th February 2020 – both classes enjoyed a visit to Patrick Grant’s summer house at Lochletter. Eve our HES Archaeologist, told them about changes to access routes; why the trees were planted along the route and why large gates were erected.

The children were able to see part of the original house built by Patrick Grant, which was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the 1930’s. The summer house, on top of a knoll, has spectacular views up and down Loch Meikle, which let the children see the area that the Grants once owned – albeit through some pretty heavy snow showers! Many thanks to Rab and Tanya and AliMac for allowing our visit.

 

 

 

Glen Urquhart High School – the project was rolled out in February 2020 during careers week.  The 3rd year pupils took part in a morning of activities with specialist HES staff – archaeologists, GIS mapping/IT and  stone masons. They will visit the site in the drier weather and complete survey work.  They also visited the Archive Centre for a unique look ‘behind the scenes’ and to see the records held in the archive about the Grant family and Glenurquhart.
Many thanks are extended to Amy, Kat, Shaun and the stonemasons from HES; and Lorna Steel, Community Officer and the team at The Archive Centre for all their expertise and enthusiasm supporting the project.