Glen­coe mas­sacre re­mem­bered 325 years on

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THREE hun­dred and twenty five years af­ter the mas­sacre of MacDon­alds by the Camp­bells in Glen­coe, clan de­cen­dents gath­ered to com­mem­o­rate the dra­matic events.

The com­mem­o­ra­tion be­gan with a ser­vice in St Mary’s Church, Glen­coe, de­liv­ered by Canon Si­mon Macken­zie and Canon Mel Laveille. This was at­tended by pupils from Glen­coe and St Bride’s pri­mary schools, who joined the pro­ces­sion of clan rep­re­sen­ta­tives and com­mu­nity mem­bers as it made its way to the site of the 1692 mas­sacre.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Clan Don­ald High­lands and Is­lands, Glen­coe Her­itage Trust (GHT) and Clan Don­ald Lands Trust in Skye laid wreaths. The 23rd Psalm was sung and a lament was played on the pipes. The GHT wreath was spon­sored by Janet Camp­bell and Jane Shave, both for­mer Glen­coe ladies. The Na­tional Trust for Scot­land also laid a wreath and there was one from Clan Hen­der­son rep­re­sen­ta­tives. GHT sec­re­tary Roz MacDon­ald said: ‘MacDon­alds came from as far away as Skye and Kir­caldy and there were lots of vis­i­tors from fur­ther afield, in­clud­ing France.’

Mrs MacDon­ald said the first wreath had been laid in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the mas­sacre by An­gus MacDon­ald in 1935, a tra­di­tion which was car­ried on by his son.

The Clan Don­ald So­ci­ety in Ed­in­burgh con­ducted the cer­e­mony un­til 2011, when the GHT and Clan Don­ald High­lands and Is­lands took over.

Mrs MacDon­ald has been at­tend­ing the cer­e­mony since 1978.

‘I re­mem­ber some­times it was only my­self and the late Duncan MacDon­ald Mckil­lop. So­cial me­dia seems to have helped in­crease in­ter­est so it’s big­ger now.’

Speak­ing on be­half of the GHT, she added: ‘ We like to keep our his­tory alive.’

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Photography.

The ser­vice con­tiuned at the Glen­coe Mas­sacre Memo­rial where wreaths were laid by Clan rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side photography.

Clan rep­re­sen­ta­tives and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity pro­ceed to­wards the memo­rial fol­low­ing a ser­vice in St Mary’s Church in Glen­coe.

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