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Imagine Alba Visits Kilbride

By Liam Griffin “Imagine Alba” folks, Michelle and Rab Woods, turned up at Historic Kilbride yesterday, their luxury Ford Galaxy gleaming in the sunshine. Michelle and Rab were pretty gleaming themselves, smartly rigged out as they were. Each tour is catered to the guests’ interests, travel style and pace, and includes highlights, hidden gems and […]

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Carraig Ghael Windfarm Fund Supports Stonework Conservation Project

“A journey of a 1000 miles begins with the first step.” So says the Chinese proverb. Local charity, Friends of Kilbride, took that first step recently, when, with the aid of an £7000 grant from the Carraig Ghael Windfarm Community Benefit Fund, they organised significant preservation work to stonework surrounding the iconic Clan MacDougall Memorial […]

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Conservation work begins on MacDougall Memorial Aisle

By Liam Griffin A wise man (or woman!) stated that “ a journey of a 1000 miles begins with the first step.” Friends of Kilbride took that first step last week, when Rowan Stonework of Appin tackled the infestation of ivy that threatened the North Wall of the Clan MacDougall Memorial Aisle.           […]

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Kilbride commemorates WWI soldiers

  By Myra Griffin, Secretary / Treasurer Friends of Kilbride On Sunday 1st of October, two months of planning came to fruition, when, at the invitation of Friends of Kilbride, some 50 folk gathered at Kilbride historic site, Lerags, to commemorate the lives and deaths of three World War I soldiers, whose untimely ends are commemorated […]

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Memories of Kilbride by Margaret Small Allan

  Margaret “Tich” Small Allan grew up in Oban in the 1950s and 60s, spending much of her time, especially in the summer, with her uncle at Kilbride Farm. Margaret currently lives in Lothian, and has been writing her memories for Friends of Kilbride.    ‘It’s been a long time since I was playing at […]

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The Kilbride story comes to life with new interpretive signs

By Michelle McAnally Preserver-in-Chief Liam Griffin has been busy this summer producing interpretive signage for the Kilbride graveyard. Liam has performed many hours of in-depth research over the years, and with his creative flair (and handy work skills) has made the stories of the people buried here come alive. From the legendary Sacred Aisle of […]

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Iain Ciar MacDougall

Among the tacksmen and shepeherds, the wee bairns and war heroes who lie at their eternal rest in Kilbride, rests the remains of the iconoic MacDougall clan Chief, Iain Ciar MacDougall. Buried alongside Iain Ciar (Dark John) is his wife Mary of Sleat. Undaunted by the absence of her Jacobite husband on the run following […]

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The Archaeology of Lerags Cross

“This cross, 3.13 metres high and 0.69 metres across the arms, was re-erected on its present site in 1926, having lain in pieces in Kilbride churchyard for over 200 years. According to local tradition, it originally stood beside an old road running SE from the coast at Gallanach (NM 82 27) to the Lowlands, which […]

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