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War Graves, Cockpen and Carrington Parish Church

After Stobhill we passed this church on the way back from Crichton Castle (and Collegiate Kirk) and I noticed the Commonwealth War Graves sign.

Cockpen is south of Bonnyrigg on the B 974 between Bonnyrigg and Gorebridge.

Inside the churchyard I found no fewer than twelve war graves.

(I have no idea why some of these don’t show as pictures on the blog but only as links to my Flickr.

Edited to add; they seem to be loading okay, now.)

Guardsman G Davis, Scots Guards, 20/4/1919:-

War Grave 1, Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard

Sergeant T Smith, Air Gunner, RAF, 3/10/1943, aged 25. An urn in front of the gravestone commemorates Alice Cummings:-

Cockpen and Carrington Kirk, Grave 2 + Alice Cummings

Able Seaman A Raeburn, RNVR, HMS Dinosaur, 15/6/1943:-

Cockpen and Carrington Kirk, War Grave 3

Sapper J Murphy, Royal Engineers, 1/11/1918:-

Cockpen and Carrington Kirk, War Grave 4

Private R Millar, Highland Light Infantry, 5/5/1917, aged 24:-

War Grave 5, Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard

Private A Ramage, Royal Scots, 27/4/1919:-

Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard, War Grave 6

Gunner W Cranston, Royal Artillery, 15/3/1919, aged 20:-

War Grave 7,  Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard

Driver W Ward, Royal Field Artillery, 23/2/1919:-

Cockpen and Carrington Kirk, War Grave 8

Flight Sergeant J E A Huschmann, RAF, 8/5/1943:-

War Grave 9,  Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard

Guardsman G K Pringle, Scots Guards, 19/10/1916:-

War Grave 10,  Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard

Private J Allan, London Regiment, 16/2/1919:-

War Grave 11,  Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard

Private P Bennet, Royal Scots, 23/10/1919@-

Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard, War Grave 12

Stained Glass, Crichton Collegiate Kirk, Crichton War Memorial

Crichton Collegiate Kirk (see an earlier post) has four lovely stained glass windows.

Stained Glass, Crichton Collegiate Kirk

Crichton Collegiate Kirk, More Stained Glass

Stained Glass  Again, Crichton Collegiate Kirk

The fourth is Crichton’s Great War Memorial:-

aStained Glass War Memorial, Crichton Collegiate Kirk

The wording reads, “To the glory of god and in loving memory of the men of Crichton parish and congregation who gave their lives in the war 1914-1919.”

Wording on Stained Glass War Memorial, Crichton Collegiate Kirk,

The Second World War Memorial is a wooden panel below the Great War stained glass Memorial:-

World War 2 Memorial, Crichton Collegiate Kirk

It is dedicated “In honoured memory of (those) who fell in the World War 1939-1945”:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk World War 2 Memorial Wording

Crichton Collegiate Kirk

The kirk is by the narrow road leading to the path to Crichton Castle (see previous post.)

Kirk from the castle:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk From Crichton Castle

Kirk from the path to the castle:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk

Kirk from churchyard:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk

Kirk from east:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk 2

Fortingall and the Fortingall Yew

This is a bridge on the road into Fortingall:-

Bridge at Fortingall

As well as some Arts and Crafts houses –

Fortingall Arts and Crafts

some with thatched roofs

Fortingall Arts and Crafts

– the village has this idiosyncratic building:-

A House in Fortingall

It also has a unique claim to fame. It is home to supposedly the oldest living thing in Europe, the Fortingall Yew, which can be seen to the left of the church in the link at the top of this post and here:-

The Fortingall Yew

The plaque informs us that The Tree Council designated this one of fifty Great British Trees, June 2002:-

Fortingall Yew and Plaque

Crannog Interior

More from the reconstructed crannog at the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay.

The animal pen. Yes they kept their livestock inside:-

Animal Pen, Reconstructed Crannog, Loch Tay

Bed (elevated):-

Bed, Reconstructed Crannog, Loch Tay

Drying crops:-

Drying crops, Reconstructed Crannog, Loch Tay


Reconstructed Crannog, Loch Tay, Looking Out

Part of interior, Reconstructed Crannog, Loch Tay

Entrance from inside:-

Reconstructed Crannog, Loch Tay, Looking Out

The Scottish Crannog Centre

When we visited here we thought it would be a short visit but they put on a talk describing neolithic life and giving demonstrations of various sorts including making fire so we ended up taking nearly two hours. Not the least of the interesting titbits was that apparently midges don’t come out over the water. Those neolithic folk weren’t daft!

Reconstructed crannog entrance:-

Reconstructed Crannog Entrance, Loch Tay

Crannog walkway, right:-

Crannog Walkway, Loch Tay

Crannog walkway, left:-

Walkway on Reconstructed Crannog, Loch Tay

Reconstructed crannog from lochside:-

Crannog on Loch Tay

It’s surprisingly spacious inside. Interior panorama:-

Interior Panorama, Loch Tay Reconstructed Crannog


Hearth, Reconstructed Crannog, Loch Tay

Roof centre:-

Roof Centre, Reconstructed Crannog, Loch Tay


A crannog is an artificial island (or the remains of one) usually built out onto a loch (but sometimes a river or estuary) and dating from Neolithic times.

At The Scottish Crannog Centre, which lies on the western shores of Loch Tay not far from Kenmore, it says there are at least seventeen remnants of crannogs on Loch Tay alone.

In this photo, taken from the foot of Loch Tay at Kenmore, you can see the wooded remains of a crannog in the middle of the loch to the left and (just about) the recontructed crannog at the Crannog Centre to its right:-

Crannog and Loch Tay from Kenmore 1

Here’s a closer view, reconstructed crannog off to right:-

Old and New Crannog from Kenmore

Closer still:-

Two Crannogs from Kenmore 3

A different angle:-

Crannog on Loch Tay Kenmore 2

The reconstructed crannog:-

Reconstructed Crannog from Kenmore 1

Another, larger, crannog on the opposite shores of Loch Tay taken from the location of the reconstructed one:-

Crannog on Loch Tay Kenmore 1

Kenmore, Perthshire

The village of Kenmore lies at the foot of Loch Tay in Perthsire.

Main street left. Taymouth Castle gates are behind you in this view. You can just make out the War Memorial at the far end of the street in front of the kirk:-

Kenmore pano 1

Main street right:-

Kenmore pano 2

Main street reverse view. Gates of Taymouth Castle middle centre. The War Memorial is directly behind here:-

Kenmore Street Panorama

Looking down to foot of Loch Tay:-

Kenmore 3

Foot of Loch Tay:-

Foot of Loch Tay, Kenmore

Near Kenmore a reconstructed crannog has been built out onto Loch Tay. Thsi is the view of Kenmore from there:-

Kenmore from Crannog

The outflow from Loch Tay is the start of Scotland’s longest river, the silvery Tay. This lovely bridge spans it:-

Bridge over River Tay at Kenmore

River Tay at Kenmore:-

River Tay at Kenmore

War Memorials in Kenmore Church

Kenmore Church is a lovely building inside and out but like all of its vintage needs upkeeping. There was an exhibition of patchwork and quilting going on at the time we visited so conversations were had with the promoters/exhibitors.

There were three Memorials to war dead.

The first is the village’s World War 2 Memorial. It is inscribed, “1939 1945. To the glory of God and in memory of the men of this parish who gave their lives in the world war,” and below “Greater love hath no man than this.”

Kenmore Church War Memorial

Unusually one of the casualties was a member of the Home Guard. A training accident involving a grenade we were told.

Major Robert Hutchinson, The Black Watch, who died in the hills of Sicily 1/8/1943, has an individual memorial:-

Individual Memorial Kenmore Church

Lastly there is a plaque naming the “adherents of the United Free Church, Lawers” who fell in the Great War. Lawers is a village further along the shores of Loch Tay. The first part of the lower inscription is obscured but I think it treads, “Not for their country they fought and died but to free the whole world from oppression and woe.”

Lawers United Free Church Memorial

Kenmore War Memorial

Kenmore lies at the foot of Loch Tay in Perthsire.

Its War Memorial stands at the turn of the main street in front of the local kirk. The inscription reads, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men of Kenmore parish who fell in the Great War.”

Kenmore War Memorial

Kenmore War Memorial Names. The first one is a John Deighton! (Lieut, Black Watch.) Too close a match to be comfortable for me:-

Kenmore War Memorial Names

Reverse of Kenmore War Memorial looking towards Taymouth Castle Gates:-

War Memorial and Kenmore

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