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 nickymaclennan@soirbheas.org

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


Repair Work

Work on reinstating the old wall begins – August 2019

 

               

Local Stonemasons Tom and Neil have done a fantastic job reinstating the new wall coping stones, March 2020.

                           

And now the pointing is complete – April 2020

         

 


Activities Completed

 

Glen Urquhart Heritage Group – 27 June 2019 – open walk for all to Coire Buidhe battle site. An intrepid group of local folk set out in the morning to visit the site of the battle which took place 330 years ago today! You can read the Glen version of the battle here

        

             

 

Presentation on the Grants – 14 February 2020 – Chris Grant and David Fraser gave an interesting presentation at the monthly meeting of the Heritage Group.  This included the restoration of the Cnocan Burraidh burial ground and the history about some of the people who have been laid to rest there. The research being carried out will form a publication, but in the meantime here are the presentation notes prepared by Chris about the 8 Grant men of Sheuglie who were involved in the ’45.

 


Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre – 10 September 2019 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 2019  – 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 2019 – experience history with handling boxes from HES Urquhart Castle and ‘stone carving’ techniques using soap.

 


 

Glen Urquhart Primary School – 1st October 2019 – 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 2019 –  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 2019 both classes 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.

 

                    

 


Sponsors and Support

The Project group would like to acknowledge and thank the following:

> Chris Grant for advice and support
> John Cameron the landowner for access to the site
> the volunteers who contribute many hours with repairs, preserving heritage and community involvement
> the players of the national lottery

Funds and Grants from:
A private donation – many thanks, you know who you are!
Thanks to the following organisations: