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Balavil, Obelisk and Burial Ground

A Category B Listed Building in Alvie, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.0933 / 57°5'35"N

Longitude: -4.0021 / 4°0'7"W

OS Eastings: 278785

OS Northings: 802033

OS Grid: NH787020

Mapcode National: GBR J9HZ.7HQ

Mapcode Global: WH4JB.HZG3

Entry Name: Balavil, Obelisk and Burial Ground

Listing Date: 5 October 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332348

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1655

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Alvie

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Badenoch and Strathspey

Parish: Alvie

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

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Description

Circa 1796, short obelisk of various materials; white marble
plinth with relief portrait of James MacPherson (N) and
weeping woman (S); grey marble cornice to plinth, both
supporting slate obelisk with white marble crest on N
facet; apex urn.
Burial ground; later 19th century circular burial enclosure;
decorative spearhead cast-iron railings on low ashlar
coped rubble wall; pair slender cast-iron piers with
matching pair gates.
Various MacPherson tombstones, the earliest dated 1876.

Statement of Interest

Sited on hillock to SW of Balavil House and now separated

from it by re-aligned A9.

James MacPherson built Belleville (Balavil) 1790-96;

translator of Ossianic poems.

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