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Ewen Maclachlan Obelisk And Gateway, The Craigs Burial Ground, Fort William

A Category B Listed Building in Fort William, Highland

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Latitude: 56.8211 / 56°49'15"N

Longitude: -5.1015 / 5°6'5"W

OS Eastings: 210819

OS Northings: 774240

OS Grid: NN108742

Mapcode National: GBR FBSP.G0Q

Mapcode Global: WH1FR.LTY8

Plus Code: 9C8PRVCX+CC

Entry Name: Ewen Maclachlan Obelisk And Gateway, The Craigs Burial Ground, Fort William

Listing Name: The Craigs Burial Ground, Ewen Maclachlan Obelisk and Gateway

Listing Date: 5 October 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 373106

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB31782

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Fort William

County: Highland

Town: Fort William

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

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Burial Ground; irregular shaped burial ground enclosed by
simple coped wall, except for short length of crenelated
walling flanking gateway. Various 18th and 19th century
Obelisk; granite obelisk erected 1847 to Ewen MacLachlan,
1775-1822. Square corniced plinth with inset inscribed panels
in each face, on stepped base, supporting grey granite ashlar
obelisk. Gateway; 1690, re-erected 1896. Round-headed,
keystoned and pedimented entrance arch with blocked imposts.
All tooled granite; inscribed shield-shaped panel above arch.

Statement of Interest

Burial ground at Craigs establishd as cemetery to serve the

military fort. Ewan MacLachlan was a Gaelic scholar and poet.

Gateway formerly entrance to Fort William re-built in 1690-92

by General Hugh Mackay. Shield above arch inscribed "The

Arch was erected 1690 over the main entrance to the Fort and

was erected here in 1896 where Sir Alan Cameron of Erracht in

1793 raised the 79th or Cameron Highlanders Regiments which distinguished itself on many a hard fought field for King and

Country." Gateway spans original line of Fort William-Fort

Augustus (General Wade) road obliterated by the railway line.

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