History of Killin is important to St Columba’s Way

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Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has taken part in a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the St Andrews’ Way – a series of pilgrimage routes that lead to St Andrews Cathedral.

Among the routes is St Columba’s Way, which stretches 200 miles from Iona to St Andrews, via Oban, Dalmally and Killin, among many other places.

Mr Crawford took the opportunity to talk about Killin’s history, giving particular focus to the Killin Incident of 1749.

Speaking in the debate, he said: ‘Killin’s history is of great interest to many who visit, and the history of the village has great character that endures to this day, as I can testify.

‘The Killin incident of 1749, in the aftermath of the Jacobite uprising, gives a flavour of the type of community that Killin is. Two men who were causing mischief were captured by the British Army, not for crimes that they had committed, such as the stealing of goods, but because they were in full Highland dress, which the British Government’s Dress Act 1746 had outlawed. They were captive until a large mob of the good folk of Killin secured their release.

‘I can testify that, to this day, the good people of Killin will not stand for injustice.’

Commenting after the debate, Mr Crawford added: ‘Pilgrim routes in Scotland have become more popular recently, and I welcome this. They are a celebration of our country’s history and it is fitting that people who take part in these routes seize the opportunity to soak up as much local history as possible.

‘Killin is a fantastically beautiful village. Nestled in the Trossachs, with the spectacular Falls of Dochart running through its heart, it has so much to offer those who visit.

‘I am delighted that Killin is on the pilgrimage map, and hope to see the St Columba’s route of the St Andrews’ Way continue to grow in its success.’

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