Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday May12th. 2013
The death of Mrs Ishbel Harrison, formerly of Invergarry, at the age of 104 We offer our sincere sympathy to Ishbel’s family Mattie, Margaret and Iain, at the death of their mother,   last Saturday, May 4th, at a nursing home in Edinburgh, and also to her niece Ann Davies. She was cared for by her daughters with such great love, and enjoyed good heath until last year when she gradually began to decline. Ishbel was a great link with the church in Invergarry, for her marriage was the last one in the old church at Mandally, and she was present at the rededication of St. Finnan’s. She and Fred were blessed with four children, but sadly her husband died at an early age, and she also lost a son.  Some time later she found new happiness when she married Alfred Harrison Ishbel’s funeral will take place on Tuesday in  Edinburgh, and Mass will be said for her here on that day at St. Joseph's for the repose of her soul. Mass was also said for her at Invergarry last Sunday May she rest in peace and may God comfort her family who loved her so dearly.
Fr. Robert Munro Fr Robert Munro served Invergarry, and also Roy Bridge, during the penal days, and was one of the most famous missionary priest during these days of persecution. He was banished from Scotland in 1688, and threatened with the death penalty should he venture to return. He did so and was captured, but set free. In 1704, he was discovered by some English soldiers, the infamous redcoats, when lying  seriously ill with pneumonia in the chieftain’s house in Glengarry, where Lady Macdonell, who was not a Catholic, cared for him so devotedly. It was he who arranged the dispensation and then married her to Lord Macdonell. They arrested him, hauled him from his sick bed, brought him to the neighbouring Glengarry Castle, and threw him in to the cold, damp dungeon where he died shortly afterwards because of the ill-treatment he received—a confessor for his faith, and probably a martyr. His body was thrown unceremoniously into Loch Oich by the soldiers.  It is said that as it disappeared below the water, the last thing visible was his hand raised in benediction over Invergarry. Just a few hundred yards from where he died, Mass is offered each Sunday in our lovely little church of St. Finnan. He must be overjoyed in heaven to see that all his labours and sacrifices have born fruit. Glengarry was one of the most Catholic parts of the Highlands, and it was there that Bishop MacDonald sought refuge after the defeat of the Prince’s army at Culloden, for he knew he would be safe among a loyal people.  In 1759, there was reckoned to be about 1,500 Catholics in Glengarry, but after the wholesale, and often brutal evictions, which started in 1773, and were renewed at subsequent dates, the population grew less and less. Catholics were no longer welcomed on the estate as workers, and finally there were only handful left. Today, St Finnan's is used by Catholics from as far away as Invermoriston and Fort Augustus who find it convenient for Sunday mass. In the summer time, the church is very often packed with visitors. There is Mass each Sunday at 9.15 a.m. Kilfinnan Cemetery The cemetery used by many Glengarry people was a large field at Laggan, at the end of Loch Lochy. When the Caledonian Canal was being built,  it was unfortunate that the graveyard obstructed the proposed entrance to the locks. As many of remains as possible from the cemetery were re-interred at a site opposite at Kilfinnan, but the remainder were left to lie at peace beneath the waters of the loch. The parishioners of Morar raised a beautiful Celtic cross at Kilfinnan to the memory of Bishop Hugh MacDonald of the ‘45, who was buried at Laggan, and whose remains may possibly have been interred at the Kilfinnan cemetery.
The marriage of Fred Terris and Ishbel MacAskill, August 16, 1930. This was the last wedding in the Mandally church
Ishbel cuts the cake specially baked by parishioner, Cathie, MacRae,  for the rededication of St. Finnan’s, April 25, 1999, almost 70 years  since her marriage in Mandally church.  In the photo is also Sophie Stevenson, who made her first holy  communion on the same day, and just about to cut her special cake.   Sophie gained first class honours in Celtic Studies at Edinburgh  University last year, and has spent a year in South Uist furthering her  studies in Gaelic.