150 years at Kinloch Rannoch


I was glad to be able to go to our church at All Saints, Kinloch Rannoch, yesterday for their 150th Anniversary celebration. The congregation may be small – but their faithfulness is in inverse proportion to their size.

I was particularly glad to be there for the announcement of the appointment of Rev Liz Baker as Rector of the enlarged Highland Perthshire Group – which will include Holy Trinity, Pitlochry, St Adamnan’s, Kilmaveonaig, St Andrew’s, Strathtay and All Saints, Kinloch Rannoch. We don’t in general ‘do’ large groupings – Pisky churches are far too independent-minded for that. But the recent reorganisation of our congregations along the A9 means that we have been able to move to two full time posts – the second is with the new Birnam-Stanley Grouping.

I took the opportunity of saying something about General MacDonald, whose Mausoleum awaits the raising of £20000 for its restoration. He build the church and his family went back to Jacobite times and were therefore intertwined with that period of the life of the Episcopal Church.

I kept an eye out for any signs of the wreckage of the Gitana – a boat built by Major-General Alastair MacDonald

You can read about it here

It lay in the bottom of the Loch for the best part of a century. It was then raised only to be dashed to pieces in a gale