The Dun near to Newton. Known as Eilean Math-ghamhna, the Island of the Stirk, still has the remains of a substantial round house just discernable beneath the cover of grass. Details can be found on RCHMS site, Canmore.
Sithean Sluagh, the hill of the Fairy Host that guards the northern borders of StrathLachlan.
The Sluagh are often described as fallen angels or the unquiet dead but their origins are pre-christian and are related to the tales of the wild hunt that are found throughout Europe. The appearance of the Sluagh was said to be a sure sign of impending disaster.
A clearer view of Sithean Sluagh can be found on the A886, the road from Glendaruel to Strachur.
By the side of the road south from Strachur is a monument on a point called Greag nam Faoileann, the rock of the seagull.
Today what was once a high point is disguised by the road and the covering of bushes but it is still possible to visualise it when it had more prominence.
This monument commemorates two men of the area who died during the 2nd Boer War and are buried where they fell in Qwazulu-Natal, South Africa. One was a son of the Chief the other was the son of a Fisherman.
Private Neil Crawford of the 1st Battalion the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was the first to fall, at Magersfontein , where the Highland Brigade attacked concealed Boer trenches in close order and lost heavily, suffering 752 casualties in killed and wounded.
Neil, the son of Archibald Crawford ,a fisherman and his wife Elizabeth Makintosh ,was born in August 1877 in the small settlement of Leachd on the shore of Loch Fyne.
He was originally buried at Magersfontein but all the British graves were moved to the Cemetery at Kimberly, the place that he died trying to relieve.
Captain Donald MacLachlan was the 5th son of George MacLachlan 21st Chief of MacLachlan. After a spell in the Militia he wascommissioned into the 1st Dragoon Guards and from there transferred to the 21st Hussars and then to the 5th Dragoon Guards. Unusually for a Cavalry Officer he left the Dragoons and became a Captain in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
The 1st Battalion of the Inniskillings was sent to South Africa in 1899 and took part in the campaign to relieve Ladysmith. During the advance the Boers opposed the British at the Tugela River. Captain Maclachlan was wounded at Venters Spruit in the Irish Brigade’s attempt to relieve the pressure on the main attack at Spion Kop. He died 11 days later and is buried at Spion Kop British Military Cemetery Kwazulu-Natal
Many of the outlying cemeteries of the Boer War have suffered at the hands of treasure hunters hoping to find gold and of other grave robbers looking for bones to sell for magical purposes. Captain Donald’s grave stone has obviously been broken and then mended by someone with more enthusiasm than skill.