Remembering the sacrifice of Clan Campbell

The Bell Tower in Inveraray (which is beside, but not attached to, All Saints Episcopal Church) dominates the town particularly when seen from the other side of Loch Fyne.

It was commissioned by the 10th Duke of Argyll, (who was the Honorary Colonel of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlands during the First World War) to commemorate the members of Clan Campbell who had died in that conflict.

The peal of 10 bells first rang out on Christmas Day 1931 but they had actually been in Inveraray for a decade , having been delivered from Loughborough where they were cast in the autumn of 1921 when the building of the tower began. Their journey was chaotic not least because they were too heavy for the lorry carrying them to make it up the old Rest & Be Thankful.

I haven’t blipped this before but I was in Inveraray today at the monthly SNP Constituency Meeting, followed by a Member’s Day and walking back to Cathleen’s car which was charging in the Avenue Car Park I walked past the tower and was struck by how impressive it is even close up.

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