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May 25th 1816

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The McNab Stones of Inchbuie

Inchbuie or Innis Buidhe, the Yellow Isle, is situated at the mouth of the River Dochart at Killin. It may be approached from the Bridge of Dochart by a flight of steps from the east side of the bridge. For many hundreds of years this was the burial place of the McNabs and all the Chiefs up to and including the famous Francis McNab were buried in the special walled enclosure in the eastern part of the island. Within the enclosure there is a large stone on which is carved the effigy of a warrior. It is said to have been brought from Ben Lawers and marks the grave of one of the earliest chiefs.

There are other stones. One has carved on it, though it is barely decipherable today, “This burial appertains to Finlay McNab of Bavain.”  There is another one which is supposed to mark the grave of Elizabeth Menzies, wife of Alexander, ninth laird of McNab. And yet another one has the inscription “Sacred to the memory of Colin McNab, late of Suie, who died April 6th 1832 aged 69 years. This humble tribute of affection is erected by his brother Alan McNab, Ardeonaig.” 

Outside the walled enclosure are the graves of ordinary members of the clan.

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