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When we left the Isle of Skye we travelled through the Highlands and stayed the night at Callander in the Trossachs National Park. The next day we explored the area before setting off back home. We decided to go and see Rob Roy’s grave in Balquhidder.

The first known church to be built in in Balquhidder Glen was in 1250 AD, although records show Christianity to have come to Balquhidder in the late 600s AD. This ruined church was built on the same site in 1631. The current parish church just next to these ruins was built in 1855 and is still in use.

Balquhidder church is famous for the grave of Rob Roy MacGregor. Rob Roy was a folk hero in the same vein as Robin Hood. He was also a cattle-rustler and an outlaw. He died in 1734 and is buried in the graveyard of the ruined church.

I told a story in a previous post about clan warfare in Scotland back in history, and originally this area was the land of the MacLaren clan. Way back in 1558, the MacGregors murdered 18 MacLaren families in Balquhidder Glen and in 1603 the entire MacGregor clan was outlawed by King James VI. Although all that was before Rob Roy's time, I wonder what the MacLarens of the past would make of the fuss being made of a MacGregor, and of the tourists travelling to the Glen to see his grave here. The Trossachs National Park is known as ‘Rob Roy Country’!

See map link (right) On the actual Google Map, Rob Roy's Grave is marked in a slightly different place. I'm certain that is wrong, as I don't recognise any of the surroundings. Where I have marked is familiar to me. You can see the ruined church and the present church in the same grounds.

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