MHG522 - Appin Murder Memorial Cairn, Ballachulish Pier


A memorial cairn associated with the murder of Colin Campbell, "the Red Fox", of Glen Ure in 1752.

Type and Period (2)

  • COMMEMORATIVE CAIRN (Constructed, 18th Century to 20th Century - 1752 AD? to 1996 AD (throughout))
  • HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION (18th Century - 1752 AD to 1752 AD)

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Full Description

Plaque on cairn reads;
'This cairn is erected on the spot where Colin Campbell of Glenure was murdered on 14th May 1752.'

The cairn came into being when visitors to the spot each added a stone to the heap. At some time, possibly around 1952, a generous layer of cement mortar had been applied to the cairn in a presumed attempt to add permanence to the structure. By the summer of 1995 the mortar had cracked to the point of being dangerously unstable. A report, linked to this record, details the work that was carried out in 1996 to reconstruct the cairn. Apparently the cairn had already been rebuilt from scratch by the Stewart Society in 1911. <1>

The state of the cairn prior to reconstruction is recorded in a Historic Scotland plan dated 13 June 1995. <2>

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Grid reference NN 0313 5945 (point) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NN05NW
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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