Scots Roots

Trumpan Church, Isle of Skye
March 13, 2017, 12:16 pm
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Another church with a gruesome past, Trumpan Church sits peacefully on a hill overlooking Ardmore Bay, near Waternish Point on the Isle of Skye.

But in 1578, under cover of mist, several boatloads of MacDonalds from the Isle of Uist sailed into the bay and attacked the church, setting fire to its thatched roof and burning the Clan MacLeod worshippers alive.

Trumpan Church 4Trumpan Church 5Trumpan Church 6One young girl apparently escaped and raised the alarm leading to the massacre of the MacDonald men before they could leave the island.

The triumphant MacLeods dragged the bodies of the dead to a nearby wall and buried them by simply pushing the wall over the top of them.

The township of Trumpan never recovered and the church has remained a ruin to this day.

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This is a very sad story. If the MacLeods were not massacred, this site could have been prosperous by now. Thanks for a bit of history, by the way, where is this island located? 🙂

Comment by bacardi gold

North West Scotland

Comment by Scots Roots

thanks a lot…

Comment by bacardi gold

Horrible, not a tale I know. Can’t bring myself to press Like – but I like the pictures.

Comment by Anabel Marsh

Thanks for sharing the story and pictures. I descend from the McDonald clan, but I’m not sure if it’s the Isle of Skye one or another.

Comment by Diane Tibert

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