Glencoe Massacre anniversary service online due to Covid restrictions

Scott MacDonald. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image. NO F08 GLENCOE MASSACRE 02 page one
Scott MacDonald lays a wreath during last year's service. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image. NO F08 GLENCOE MASSACRE 02 page one

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The customary church service marking the anniversary of the Glencoe Massacre is to be replaced with an online event this year.

The Reverend Amanda Fairclough, priest in charge of St Mary’s Church, Glencoe, is planning a ‘Service of the Word’ by Zoom on Saturday February 13 at 11am in place of the church service marking the anniversary.

Reverend Fairclough has organised a Zoom-link for the service and anyone wishing to share in this should contact her.

As a result of Covid-19 restrictions, there can be no formal gathering at the massacre memorial this year, but Reverend Fairclough will walk to the memorial after the service to offer private prayers.

At least two wreaths will still be laid, one of which will be the traditional wreath on behalf of Clan Donald.

William Mather, chairman of the Clan Donald Society of the Highlands and Islands, told the Lochaber Times: ‘We very much regret, as members of the Clan Donald Society of the Highlands and Islands, that we can’t do no more than this.

‘We normally make the commemoration a major event of the year and it is well supported.’

Reverend Fairclough can be contacted at a.fairclough@amandafairclough.co.uk; 01855 811633 or 07781 01178

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Scott MacDonald lays a wreath during last year’s service. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image.

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