Cnocan Burraidh

Heritage  Project  Underway

This project is being managed by Glen Urquhart Community Council. Soirbheas are very pleased to be involved and keen to ensure historic sites like this are protected for future generations and their stories brought to life.

The first phase is to preserve the site and will include the restoration of the perimeter walls and a detailed survey of the central marble vault.

The Cnocan Burraidh graveyard covers 300 years of local history and the people buried at the site include people of national importance such as General Sir Charles Grant who was in charge of the Scottish Army in 1939;  key figures from the early part of the British Empire in India; and  Sir Theodore Gervais Chambers the Chairman of Welwyn Garden City from 1920 to 1950.

Historic Environment Scotland will be working with local groups, pre-school children and school pupils in researching the archaeology and history of the site and helping to create an archive that will be available to locals and visitors alike.

The Glen Urquhart Community Council are especially grateful to the landowner John Cameron for his support.  They are delighted to have secured funding from Heritage Lottery Fund; Historic Environment Scotland; Private Donation; 1745 Association; Kings Shropshire Light Infantry; Soirbheas; Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association and Glen Urquhart Community Council.

Ríona McMorrow, Acting Head of The National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland, said: “Cnocan Buraidh Grave Yard restoration and heritage project is a great project as it shows clearly how local heritage can be a catalyst for lots of different activities and bring people together behind a common purpose. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is pleased to support  Glen Urquhart Community Council  in its plans and, thanks to National Lottery players, enable people to enjoy the history on their own doorstep.”

And George Findlater, Head of Partnerships and Projects at Historic Environment Scotland, said: “We  welcome the opportunity to support and advise the Glen Urquhart Community Council and the wider community in this work. Cnocan Burraidh is a small site with an important history, and the project will conserve an important element in the Community Council’s plans for the future. We very much look forward to working with local people on this and other projects in the years ahead.”

Next Steps

You can get involved in many ways from researching a topic; clearing scrub or helping at an activity, we would be grateful for your time.

If you would like more information on progress to date please get in touch.

Contact Nicky:  info@soirbheas.org