Dunalastair Burial Grounds

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Dunalastair Burial Grounds

Dunalastair, Perth and Kinross, PH16 5PD Scotland
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There are three separate Burial Enclosures at Dunalastair:

1. Clann Donnachaidh Clan Chiefs
2. Estate Owner's Enclosure
3. St Luke's Burial Ground

1. Located on the Dunalastair Estate, Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire, this is one of the most beautifully sited burial spots I have visited. The estate lies between Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch, approximately 18 miles west of Pitlochry.

Historic, sometime burial ground for at least four Chiefs of the Clan Robertson, (Clan Donnachaidh), who used to own the estate. The 13th Chief, Alexander Robertson, ('the Poet'), c 1670 - 1749, had a house, 'The Hermitage', on or near the site of the current Dunalastair House ruins. He was a strong Jacobite supporter and the Hermitage was burnt down by government troops after the 1745 Rebellion. A replacement double tower house was accidentally burned in 1854.

When the Dunalastair Estate was sold by the Robertsons in the 1850's, the 18th Chief, Lt. George Duncan Robertson reserved for himself and his heirs and successors in the remainder of the Barony of Strowan the right and privilege of interment in the family Burying Ground for members of his family of Strowan. Research continues to determine exactly which Robertsons are buried here.

For decades, the Dunalastair Burial Ground was maintained by the Rannoch and Highland Branch of the Clan Society supported by donations from the Chief's family and the London & Southern Counties Branch. In the early 1990's, it was purchased for the Clan Society by its USA members, and a trust established for its maintenance.

The baronial mansion was built by General Sir John MacDonald in the 1860's. The estate belonged to a Mr. Tennant in the 1880's, and, in 1891 was acquired by James Clark Bunten, owner of a Glasgow based foundry and engineering works, and an ancestor of the current estate owners.

To access the Burial Grounds, turn off the B846 road at the estate's North Lodge. Follow the road/track south, taking the right hand option at the Y-junction. Continue downhill past the Old Laundry Cottage and round past the sad, slightly mysterious, ruins of Dunalastair House, on to the old stable complex. Just past the stables, look for the wooden sign 'Chief's Burial Place' on the LHS. (See photograph) Walk the reasonably defined path through the woods for approximately 200 yards south. The Robertson Burial Enclosure should come into view on the RHS. The view, particularly looking west from the burial ground viewpoint over Dunalastair Reservoir towards Kinloch Rannoch, with the beautiful mountain Schiehallion to the south is stunning.

2.The other Burial Enclosure used by more recent owners of the estate is a further 100 yards south, in a clearing, atop another hillock. The enclosure gate is locked.

3. St Luke's Burial Ground
This is accessed by a different track, starting between the stable block and the ruined mansion. Follow the obvious track downhill, south, for approximately 100 yards where there is a gate in the deer fence on the RHS. This provides access to the walled enclosure in the plantation, which is the traditional burial ground for Camerons, Stewarts and MacDonalds. The access gate is on the west side. Very overgrown, and many of the stones are heavily lichen and moss encrusted.


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GPS Coordinates: 56.70261, -4.11125

  • Added: 9 Sep 2016
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2622379