Clan MacNab visit
The Visit by the Clan MacNab Members to Killin was to celebrate the 2017 Clan Gathering.
This year the Members were only in the area for a short time and centred on the Highland Games at which the 24th. Clan MacNab Chieftain Jamie was also the Games Chieftain.
The Organisers from the USA were keen to meet with some of the local Lodge Members and to see how the donation to help with the clearance of the trees from the Old Killin Cemetery had helped the Lodge in making the Cemetery more accessible.
The afternoon of the 1st of August was set aside in the itinerary to visit the Lodge Room and enjoy some Home Baked Cakes and some hospitality. Over 40 Clan Members enjoyed the occasion.
At the Clan Dinner Lanny MacNab spoke highly of his personal and the Clan connection Killin and helping projects in the area and thanked the Lodge for the work already carried out and wished the Members good fortune in continuing to keep the Old Cemetery safe for walking around.
Nine Clan Headstones have now been made more accessible.
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Old Cemetery Project
The clearing of trees shrubs and strimming of the grass has progressed slowly during the past year. The wait for the wonderful display of snowdrops and daffodils to finish before starting any work unfortunately co-insided with a good spell of weather but that’s nature for you, and the summer days were not so dry. The trees which have been dropped have opened up around two thirds of the area and we will be seeking assistance from the Parks Department as to how new growth can be halted. The grass is altogether another matter as over the years a deep bed of decayed mulch has mounted up, which is mostly wet and unstable. A few cuts and careful raking has made an improvement and about a third of the cemetery has been trimmed to a manageable level. In doing the clearing up there have been a number of old grave stones found covered in around 100mm of decayed material, one of which has the profile of a figure not unlike the style which can be seen in the MacNab enclosure on Inchbuie. These are marked for future attention. It is important to locate any grave stones among the years of accumulated debris, as a safety measure, since when cutting limbs off the trees a safe footing is required as the stabilising ropes are hand held to lower the severed branches. This is a major commitment for the local Lodge Members and it was not entered into lightly. When all the trees have been taken out and the grass brought to a controllable level, it will be much easier to keep tidy. This will become a place cleared of unwanted debris and self seeded trees, and where locals and visitors can wander among our predecessors and muse as to what they contributed to the community all those years ago. Already family connections from overseas have visited the cemetery and commented on the work in hand especially when being able to take clear photos of the graves. It is gratifying that the Lodge has contact with families and they know that the old graves are not forgotten. Donations have been received from visitors, who were just having a look round, for which we thank them.
© Lodge Breadalbane St Fillans no815 16/17