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Travel Report: Beoraid Cemetery, Morar, Scotland.

Visit Beoraid Cemetery Morar.

Beoraid Cemetery, Morar.

June 2019. Beoraid Cemetery is just a few minutes drive from Our Lady of Perpetual Succour & St Cumin’s Church near the Scottish town of Morar. With virtually zero information online to provide a historical overview, I was happy to be led by brother-in-law Thomas. In fact, he’d been here before and knew of a notable grave.

Beoraid Cemetery Morar.

Beoraid Cemetery, Morar.

The cemetery enjoys an idyllic location atop a handsome hill overlooking deep green farmland, rolling hills and a pretty section of Loch Morar. Furthermore, the entire cemetery is immaculately kept, so hats off to whoever the groundskeeper is.

Beoraid Cemetery, Morar, Scotland.

Beautiful grave Beoraid Cemetery Morar

Beoraid Cemetery, Morar.

I always find myself a bit fascinated by names when I’m exploring graveyards. And in the case of Beoraid, they don’t come much better than Dougie MacDougall. Like so many of the headstones here, his seems to receive regular attention, with fresh flowers, carefully placed statuettes and written tributes.

Gravestone Beoraid Cemetery Morar Scotland.

Beoraid Cemetery, Morar.

In contrast, but no less moving, I found myself drawn to this simple, solemn headstone belonging to a woman by the name of Kirsty Milne.

“Nothing is certain, only the certain spring”.

Sea anchor gravestone Beoraid Cemetery Morar

Beoraid Cemetery, Morar.

One of the more striking graves is this impressive nautical themed headstone belonging to Raymond Eddie Manson, who passed away in April 2010. Dominated by a giant sea anchor and complimented with a wooden tablet of a boat out at sea, I couldn’t help but wander if Raymond was some kind of grand sea captain or just a keen sailor.

Charles Spurgeon quote gravestone Beoraid Cemetery Morar.

Beoraid Cemetery, Morar,

On the back of the headstone, below an engraving of three sailboats, stands a powerful quote from the 18th century hymn From Whence This Fear and Unbelief by August Toplady.

“Return my soul unto thy rest; the merits of thy high priest hath bought my liberty”.

SAS founder David Stirling's grave Beoraid

Final resting place of David Stirling DSO, OBE.

Finally, after much wandering, Thomas led me to Beoraid’s most notable resident. David Stirling was a Scottish officer in The British Army who went on to establish The Special Air Service.

David Stirling founder of The SAS.

Lieutenant Colonel Sir Archibald David Stirling.

Having served in World War 2 with The Commandos for The North Africa campaign, he formed The SAS following an audacious pitch directly to General Ritchie that broke the chain of command.

David Stirling grave Morar Scotland.

Beoraid Cemetery, Morar,

In addition to his military achievements, Stirling was a keen mountaineer who trained to climb Mount Everest. He also founded The Capricorn Africa Society, an organisation dedicated to fighting racism across the continent. Stirling lies in Beoraid alongside his sister Irene.

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  • Team Leisure


    February 9, 2020 - 12:39 am Reply
  • Passport Overused

    Great post 🙂

    February 9, 2020 - 7:53 pm Reply
  • Ian Wiseman

    Raymond Manson was one of the well known fishing family Manson’s of Mallaig.

    September 12, 2020 - 1:17 am Reply
  • Pete Hitchcock

    Thanks for this. Great quote on Manson’s grave. I think it’s from an 18th century hymn by Augustus Toplady.

    June 24, 2021 - 4:52 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Hi Pete, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Appreciate the heads up about August Toplady.

      June 24, 2021 - 5:49 pm Reply

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