Plans for work to re­store Clan Macnab burial ground

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Re­pair work is be­ing pro­posed for the Clan Macnab burial ground on the is­land of In­nis Bhuidhe in Killin.

The clan’s so­ci­ety wants to cre­ate ex­ter­nal ac­cess stairs and carry out re­pairs to a stone screen wall, burial cham­ber and en­trance piers.

Ar­chi­tects say that the screen wall is lean­ing at one end and is in dan­ger of col­lapse, and the ex­ist­ing steps are uneven and in poor con­di­tion.

A Listed Build­ing Con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion has been sub­mit­ted to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park plan­ners.

The B-listed burial ground is said by His­toric Environment Scot­land to date largely to the late 18th cen­tury.

The is­land is owned by the Macnab Memo­rial Trust. Clan MacNab were in­volved in con­flicts with Robert the Bruce, the 16th cen­tury An­glo Scot­tish Wars and the Ja­co­bite Ris­ings dur­ing the mid 18th cen­tury.

The last mem­bers of the orig­i­nal clan are buried on the rocky islet of Inch Bhuidhe (or Inch­buie) in Killin.

The burial site is lo­cated near a bridge over­look­ing the Falls of Dochart, the most pho­tographed sec­tion of the River Dochart.

The site where the last MacNabs rest has an en­clo­sure where the clan chiefs were buried, while a se­ries of graves mark the rest­ing place of less se­nior mem­bers of the clan to the east.

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists con­sider the burial ground to be in an area of considerable ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sen­si­tiv­ity.

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