Strathdearn War Memorial

Well, I have dragged it out as long as I can, but this is the final memorial from my pre-Covid Scottish trip.

And an unusual style of memorial it is, too.

There are thirty names on the Great War Roll of Honour, fourteen of them Cameron Highlanders,…

…and six Second World War names, including the trooper listed first on the lower plaque.  The three others are all officers (two named Grant), the first a lieutenant colonel killed in Waziristan, North West Frontier, on 23rd June 1937 aged 44, the other two casualties from Malaya, in 1949, and Korea, in 1951.

Clockwise spin…

…around the memorial…

…so you can admire these fine stones…

…that make this memorial not only unusual, but maybe unique.  I wonder.

And finally…

Steam engine at the Highlands Folk Museum, and if you’ve never seen inside one, the inset shows the pipes that create the steam.

Ferocious Highland beasties.

Some twenty miles south west of Strathdearn, there’s a hilly outcrop called Creag Dubh.

And atop the hill there’s a monument, not in any way war-related, but to the memory of  Sarah Justina Macpherson, wife of the Laird of Cluny Castle – a large 19th Century house, really, not so far down the road – who died in 1886.



One of many monuments to be found on Scottish peaks, I show you it, and its picturesque setting, on behalf of the Scottish Tourist Board, or Visit Scotland, or whatever it’s called these days,…

…to encourage you to pay the Highlands a visit – you never know what, or who, you might spot,…

…nor who might spot you.

So get yourself up there, if you can, when the fog lifts, obviously, and assuming, if you’re English, Sturgeon allows you in……

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6 Responses to Strathdearn War Memorial

  1. Joseph Orgar says:

    Hi Magic Fingers.

    Would like to know more what Captain Angus Macintosh was doing in the war.
    He is buried in Arlington.

    Died 13 October 1918.


    • Magicfingers says:

      Hello Joe. So he is. That’s Arlington National Cemetery in the U.S. of A., for anyone who’s wondering. And you’ve got me wondering now what he was up to. Lmk if you find out.

  2. nicholas Kilner says:

    thats a real beauty! I do love these ‘rugged’ memorials. Looked a nice spot, on a warm dry day lol. how were the mozzies? Nasty wee beasties they were when I was up there last! and I don’t suppose their temperament has improved any in the intervening years

    • Magicfingers says:

      It was April so luckily the mossies were not really a problem. But I know what you mean. I remember going camping once years back – a school trip of some sort – when the only way of keeping them away was filling the tent with cigarette smoke all night; one kid in the next tent (good boys, non-smokers all) had over 100 massive bites the following morning and found himself in hospital a few hours later.

  3. Daisy in Melbourne Australia says:

    Hello Magicfingers,

    Och, enjoyed this Scottish sojourn immensely. You have shown us some beautiful places with interesting monuments and memorials in Scotland but Strathdearn takes the cake… I can almost hear the wind blowing through the trees. Love it… my grandfather was Scottish, makes me sad to hear about the end of your journey.

    Daisy in Melbourne Australia.

    • Magicfingers says:

      Hello Daisy. Thanks ever so. But all good things, and all that. But there are still a few more churches and memorials I have yet to show you from other parts of the country, although the stash is getting smaller having been nowhere since early 2020. And still plenty of Flanders places I have visited but not yet posted anything about, so lots still to come. Never fear.

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