Graveyard Survey

The graveyard at Ballyhennan is indicated on General Roy's Military survey of 1750, where it is referred to as 'Killchenn'.  There are several old tombstones, some with Gaelic inscriptions. The plan of the graveyard below was produced by Cathy MacIver, based on the survey carried out by volunteers. Click on any of the gravestones to see a photo of them. For some of the stones, there are also rough sketches with measurements, produced by secondary school pupils from Hermitage Academy and Lomond School.

The inscriptions, or parts of inscriptions, are included where legible. However, as you'll see, we haven't been able to read lots of the inscriptions because they've worn away or are covered with moss. Current advice from Historic Scotland is that the moss shouldn't be scraped off, except with permission and under supervision, as this may damage the stone, and leave it open to erosion by the weather. However, if you have any more information on the inscriptions, please let us know so we can add it.

Some of the inscriptions were recorded in 1969 in ' Monumental Inscriptions (pre-1855) in Dunbartonshire', published by The Scottish Genealogical Society, 1969, a copy of which is available in Dumbarton Library. Where possible, the numbers in that document have been cross-referenced with the new plan.