Mary Haggerty, of the Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage Group tells us about the group's Arrochar graveyard project and their plans to catalogue Tarbet graveyard.
The aim of the project was to give access to a wider audience the opportunity to ‘wander' through the graveyard without having to travel distances, tramp through wet moss and in the end not accomplish their goal of finding their roots. This ‘virtual reality' way of displaying the Arrochar graveyard does just that.
The graveyard is situated at Tighness to the south of the village of Arrochar and serves a very wide community both local and worldwide.
The project was undertaken by three of the group. The instigator Jamie MacTavish, who was the photographer, Mary Haggarty the scribe and Howard Page the group's Webmaster.
No funding was involved in the project - all time, effort and materials were given on a voluntary basis. As well as being recorded on our website we also have a collection of albums containing the hard copies. Walter Harvey and David Grey donated these albums in memory of the mother Mary Grey.
To be truthful we did not ask for help or seek advice, as we had never seen this type of project done before. We, at the time, never realised how successful this exercise would turn out to be. Maybe on hindsight we could have been more professional in our approach but we can only judge by the end result which has been a great achievement in fulfilling the aim of our project.
Two aspects top the list.
This is still to come. In our area at Tarbet we have a very old graveyard that dates back to 1263. It is maintained by our local council but is not laid out in such a grid pattern as the Arrochar graveyard. We intend to catalogue this one in the same way as the Arrochar graveyard. Also we intend re addressing the Arrochar graveyard to fill in some ‘holes' that we know exist, but because of no headstone we will have to look at the official graveyard records.
Pick a spell of good weather. It will make the task easier and the photographs brighter and easier to read. It is very helpful to have knowledge of the site you are recording and where the official records are held for reference. Consult with your Webmaster as to the involvement he/she will have to the project. Good luck.
As said above we intend to catalogue another graveyard in our area.
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