National recognition for cemetery preservation group

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The group aiming to preserve a dilapidated Machrihanish cemetery has been praised by a national body.

Recently a representative from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) visited Kilkivan chapel and cemetery.

A spokesperson from the group said: ‘The HES man was delighted to learn that a group of locals are keen to preserve these medieval grave monuments which are considered to be of national importance.’

The group hopes to work with the Kintyre Antiquarian and Natural History Society, which wishes to protect a smaller number of similar stone carvings at Kilkerran Cemetery.

The Antiquarians are keen to bring a conservator to Campbeltown to identify the main threats and to suggest a way forward.

The next meeting of the group is at Machrihanish Village Hall on Monday at 7.30pm and all are invited.

The stones in KilKivan cemetery. 25_c15kilkivan01_HES_Visit