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It’s alive! A new website for the Applecross Heritage Centre is up and running. This one compliments the Applecross Historical Society’s site, and focuses more on specific projects and news related to the everyday work of the Heritage Centre. Stay tuned for updates!

Newsletter

For members, the past editions of the Applecross Historical Society newsletter are available here.

Winter

You can never be sure what the summit of the legendary/notorious road over Bealach na Bà is going to look like from one moment to the next during the winter. Here is a picture of 1991’s spectacular drift at the top, courtesy of Dr Alexander Gillies, with his old Cavalier to give an idea of scale!

Bealach in winter

World War I

As we all know, 2014 marks the beginning of commemorations of the outbreak of the Great War. Although much of the conflict was in places that were far away in terms of 1914 society, it affected Applecross as well as virtually every other Highland communities.

Pictured here are just some of the Applecross men who served: a group from the Ross Mountain Battery, at Woolaton Hall, home of the Middleton family, before being sent to join hostilities.
Miraculously, only one of these men were lost to the conflict – Willie MacKinnon in battle, although John Murchison never regained full health after being wounded and died in 1934.

Ross Mountain Battery

Back Row (l-r): Murdo MacDonald, Camustiel (son of Murdo Never); James Anderson, Shore Street; Finlay Macleod, Camustiel; Willie Mackinnon, Shore Street; Thomas Mackenzie, Keppoch; Kenneth MacRae, Toscaig; Alick Mackenzie, Toscaig; George MacDonald, Milltown; Allan Maclennan, Home Farm.

Front Row: George MacDonald, Ardubh; John Mackenzie, Toscaig; Kenneth Murchison, Toscaig; Roddy Kennedy, Toscaig; Willie Mackenzie, Camustiel; Duncan MacRae, Toscaig; Donald Mackenzie, Camustiel; Murdo Mackenzie, Keppoch; John Murchison, Camusterrach.

Lessons from the past

A new addition to the collection of the Applecross Historical Society is a little pamphlet published in 1922, reproducing the ordination sermon of the famous Reverend Lachlan MacKenzie. The minister spoke in the old Clachan Church (which was replaced by the currently existing building in 1817), as he prepared to take up his charge.

The sermon is based on Hebrews 5, iv: “And no man taketh this honour to himself, but he that was called of God, as was Aaron.”

This little booklet is a nice link to the religious history of the area, especially as the 200th anniversary of the construction of Clachan Church draws near. MacKenzie’s opening shot in his sermon is to state that: “If people go to perdition in these days it is not for want of ministers. The clergy are likely to become soon as plentiful as the locusts in Egypt, and which of them is the greatest plague of the two, time and the experience of the Church will discover.”

He received an exhortation at the end, though, which was as brutal as it was supportive, emphasising that MacKenzie as a new minister should lead by example: “If you be a bad minister y’ill go to hell, if you be a good minister y’ill go to heaven.”

Lachlan MacKenzie Sermon