Letter: Macalister family heirlooms

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Sir,

As the only member of the Macalister family to have been born in Glenbarr Abbey and more aquainted with our family’s history than most, I’d like to correct your correspondant’s remarks about our family heirlooms.

We have a beautiful ring in our family, that contains a lock of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s hair, which was cut from his head when he stayed with our ancestors at Kingsburgh on Skye, when he was fleeing after Cullodon.

This is clearly verified in family documents, written by Anne Macdonald of Kingsburgh, who was married to Ranald Macalister who was born at Arinanuan November 13 1715.

The gloves that are on view, have never been verified as belonging to Mary Queen of Scots. Many Scottish families like to claim such items in their posession, but we have no documents to prove such.

It would be wonderful if funds were available to save the Abbey

Fiona A Macalister,

Edinburgh.