The history of the Killiechassie Burial Ground goes back to 1727 when the Killiechassie Estate was owned by Rev Robert Stewart. In his will of 7th October 1727, Rev Robert left money for the building of the ‘Chapell of Killiechassie’. When he died in 1729, he was buried there with much ceremony.  When she died in 1730, his wife, Anne Campbell of Edramuckie, was also buried there.
BHS picMayWebIn 18th century plans of the lands of Killiechassie, a Chaple (sic) is shown on the south of the Weem to Logierait road on the site of the current burial ground.  By 1832, Thomson’s map shows just an unnamed building again in the position where the current graveyard is situated. 
On the 1862 OS First Edition map, the unnamed building is shown simply as ‘mausoleum’.The original chapel building had almost certainly collapsed leaving only a graveyard.
In 1884, a new monumental stone was erected by one of the descendents of Rev Robert Stewart but by the 20th century, the graveyard had become dilapidated and overgrown. In 1995, members of the Breadalbane Heritage Society volunteered to clear the graveyard (pictured) and restore the enclosure to a more fitting memorial ground. 

Repair programme
Since then, volunteers from the Society have continued to do their best to keep the burial ground in a decent state. However, the ravages of time have taken their toll and the enclosure is now in need of professional attention.
Last year, several local residents responded to our appeal for funds and we began a programme of repairs.  The Breadalbane Heritage Society is pleased to report that an application to the Scottish Hydro Griffin Community Fund was successful and we now have sufficient funds to continue with this programme. 
We are grateful to all our supporters for their contributions.  To know more about the Killiechassie Burial Ground, please contact CLOAKING

Anne Beeson


 

 

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