|Clan Map of Northwestern Scotland & Isle of Skye|
I think what fascinates me about old Scottish cemeteries is that many are clan oriented. The clearances displaced thousands of highland crofters from the 1750s through the 1840s so the lairds could use the land for sheep raising, which is why there are so many Americans, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders of highland origin. Yet, many remained. In my last blog I showed photos of the Bolskine Burial Ground, which was on the eastern side of Loch Ness. It was full of Frasers and you can see above in lavender to the right Fraser country along the loch.
|Cill Chriosd (Christ's Church or "Kilchrist")|
|Scottish cemeteries have such beautiful views|
Sheep are allowed in to keep the grass down, but they rub against the stones and many are damaged and turned over. The weather, too, plays a part in wearing down the stones. The day we visited the cemetery, sheep were waiting for the gate to open and went away disappointed when we wouldn't let them in.
|It must be open range.|
|Memorial to Clan MacRae men who died in the Great War|
|View of Clachan Duich Burial Ground from Clan MacRae memorial|
|Clan MacRae Motto "Fortitudine" - "With Fortitude"|