MacIain Descendant Visits

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AHHA was very pleased to welcome to the village Nancy McKean Conner and her husband Bob, who live in Wauchula, Florida. Nancy is a descendant of the McKeans who sailed across to the New World from Ireland, but her researches have led her … Continued

Kilchoan Pupils Visit St Comghan’s Church

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  Pupils from Kilchoan Primary School recently visited St Comghan’s church, the 12th century church on the hill above the village, as part of the AHHA initiative funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. More details of the church are on … Continued

Lochan na Crannaig

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Lochan na Crannaig lies to the right of the road between Kilchoan and Achosnich, about half way to Sonachan Hotel. To learn more about it, see the Kilchoan Diary entry here.

West of Bourblaige

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Members of AHHA spent Saturday morning high on the steep slopes to the west of Bourblaige, a clachan cleared by the Ardnamurchan Estate in 1828 – some of its ruined houses are just visible at bottom right of this picture. … Continued

Graveyard Survey Completed

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Members of Ardnamurchan History & Heritage Association spent some time in beautiful weather this morning at St Comghan’s church completing our survey of the gravestones. The basic details of each gravestone will in due course be printed as part of a … Continued

Allt Sordail Dun

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Last weekend, members of AHHA walked to the south of Swordle, into the forestry, to visit the Allt Sordail dun, a dun being a fortified site. There are several duns on Ardnamurchan, but this one is unusual in being away … Continued

The Murrays & Riddells

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The process of populating this site continues with an account of two of the families who held the Ardnamurchan Estate through the 18th and 19th centuries, the Murrays and Riddells – link here. We are particularly pleased in the section on … Continued

The Swordlechorach Clearance

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Portuairk, one of the crofting townships on Ardnamurchan’s northwest coast, is a beautiful and tranquil place today, but it was the scene of some misery when it was first settled, around 1853. People from the township of Swordlechorach were forcibly … Continued

A Hidden Distillery

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These days, distilleries are big business, not only for the distilling of whisky but also as visitor centres – witness our new Ardnamurchan Distillery at Glenbeg – link here. However, at the end of the 18th and beginning of the … Continued

Wall Repair Completed

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  The work on the eastern wall of the graveyard at St Comghan’s was completed on Saturday when a group from Ardnamurchan History & Heritage Association removed the old, rusty wire ‘scarer’ and replaced it with new. At the same … Continued

Repairs at Cladh Chiarain

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Cladh Chiarain, the walled graveyard at Camas nan Geall, one of the scheduled monuments which AHHA has adopted, contains at least six headstones, the finest of which are these two. Both have a date on the back, 1737, and the … Continued