Wardlaw Mausoleum

This evening, I am posting information on the Wardlaw Mausoleum near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

Summary facts and information:

  • Located at Kirkhill, about 8 miles west of Inverness and near to Beauly.
  • Built 1634 as burial place of Lord Lovats, Lovat Clan Chiefs.
  • Tower added 1722.
  • Has become a minor attraction due to connection with the ‘Outlander’ series.
  • Beneath the floor is a crypt containing Lovat coffins one of which may contain the headless skeleton of ‘Simon the Fox’, 11th Lord Lovat, who was executed in London in 1747 for fighting with the Jacobite army at Culloden in 1746, an act deemed treasonable. Scientific examination is underway to determine the identity of the headless skeleton.
  • The Mausoleum is in good condition, having benefited from a recent restoration project.

Coffins at Wardlaw Mausoleum. Blue tarpaulin covers coffin which may contain body of ‘Simon the Fox’.

Opening the crypt.