Glenlyon History Society

Comann Eachdraidh Ghleann Lìomhann

The Glenlyon HS, Scotland, is run by local residents of Glenlyon (map) with an interest in the local history of the glen.

Innerwick

Saint Andrew - Stained glass windowThere is a church at Innerwick with a graveyard. The current church was built in 1828 by the famous engineer Thomas Telford. The stained glass window in the church depicts Saint Andrew. It was donated by the Wills family when they owned Meggernie castle and estate. The inscription reads:

To the Glory of God and in Memory of Ernest Wills, 3rd Bart of Meggernie, died 1958, and of his wife Maud, died 1953.

According to Duncan Campbell an annual fair was held in the glen at Innerwick. It is not clear when this practice stopped but evidence for it being started formally in 1681 can be found in "The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707, K.M. Brown et al eds (St Andrews, 2007-2011)", 1681/7/211. The warrant was granted at Edinburgh on 17th September 1681.

In its original Scots:

Warrand to the laird of Glenlyon for two faires at Innerwick yearlie

The king's majestie and estates of parliament, considering that the town of Innerwick, pertaining heretablie to Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, lying about threttie myles distant from any burgh royall, being a convenient place for faires, will be very necessar and advantagious to his majesties' subjects for provideing of necessars at such times as they cannot convenientlie repair to burghs royall; therefore, his majestie and estates of parliament, doe hereby give and grant to the said Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, his aires and succeInnerwick Churchssors, full power, libertie and priviledge of holding two free faires, at the said town of Innerwick, the one upon the first Thursday of September, to be called [...], and the other upon the first Thursday of November, to be called [...] yearlie, with power to the said Robert Campbell, and his foresaids, or such as they shall appoint, to uplift and exact the customes, dewties and casualities belonging to the saids faires, and to enjoy all other freedomes, liberties and immunities pertaining thereunto, siclike and als freely as any others hes done or may doe in the like case.

And in English:

Warrant to [Robert Campbell], laird of Glenlyon for two fairs at Innerwick yearly

The king's majesty and estates of parliament, considering that the town of Innerwick, pertaining heritably to Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, lying about thirty miles distant from any burgh royal, being a convenient place for fairs, will be very necessary and advantageous to his majesty's subjects for providing of necessaries at such times as they cannot conveniently repair to royal burghs; therefore, his majesty and estates of parliament, do hereby give and grant to the said Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, his heirs and successors, full power, liberty and privilege of holding two free fairs, at the said town of Innerwick, the one upon the first Thursday of September, to be called [...], and the other upon the first Thursday of November, to be called [...] yearly, with power to the said Robert Campbell, and his foresaids, or such as they shall appoint, to uplift and exact the customs, duties and casualties belonging to the said fairs, and to enjoy all other freedoms, liberties and immunities pertaining thereto, likewise and as freely as any others has done or may do in the like case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glenlyon HS Membership

The Society endeavours to meet three times a year. For meeting details see the bulletin board.

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