Fearnan’s burial ground, known as Cladh-Na-Sroine, dates from the 16th century and was originally encircled by the old village of Stronfearnan. It is all that remains of the old village, which was demolished at the end of the 18th century.
Although the earliest inscription on a gravestone is 1778, there is a much older stone, a recumbent cross-incised stone, that dates from the early Christian era.
Two staff members from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland were in Fearnan recently to survey and record both this stone and the Baptismal Font – also from the early Christian era.
Christopher Rowley was quick off the mark and managed to capture this great photograph of them at work.
I am descended from Alexander McGregor who spent some years in St `kitts as a Plantation manager. I have met some of his descendants out there and keep in contact with them. One of my ‘cousins’ is coming to visit me and would like to see Cladh-Na-Sroine Graveyard, Fearnan. It’s some years since I’ve been so could somebody help with directions of how to get there please. Rhona
Hi Rhona, I’m not sure which direction you will be coming from (ie from Kenmore or Killin) but from either follow the road along the side of the Loch to Fearnan and turn up Fearnan Brae at the war memorial (road signposted to Fortingall). Turn right at the top of the Brae and continue along the road passing a road on your left (Creagach). Just after Creagach, look for Bracken Cottage on your left and Cladh-na-Sroine is next. It is above the level of the road and you will see the old wall that surrounds it. There is a path up to the gate which is usually cut but the grass might be a bit overgrown at this time of year. It is marked as Fearnan Burial Ground on Google Maps. We love hearing about Fearnan people who went off round the world and would be delighted to hear more about Alexander McGregor and his family if you are happy to share. Contact me on Fiona@fearnanvillageassociation.com Best wishes, Fiona