Clackmannanshire has many old and truly beautiful graveyards – one reason for the Ochil Landscape Partnership (OLP) to repair, preserve, interpret, and present a group of historic cemeteries within walking distance, grouped together as the Kirkyard Trail.
There are seven graveyards amongst the Hillfoots that oficially belong to the trail, one is private, six are kirkyards, Muckhart being one of them. This is the graveyard of two settlements, the hamlet Yetts o’ Muckhart and Pool of Muckart where the Parish Church stands. The Georgian building incorporates various stones of earlier buildings. The first church in Muckhart dates back as far as the 13th century.
She certainly was her own woman, never married, and travelled widely to the most unusual places of the world: Uzbekistan, Russia, America, India, Tibet, Borneo and the Far East. Her family was wealthy, she could afford it and seems to have been a very independent spirit. She met the Dalai Lama, banqueted with the Maharaja and created an impressive Japanese garden a short distance away from the graveyard, inspired by what she had seen during her extensive travelling and her trip to Japan in 1907.
Ella Christie’s first and main gardener was Shinzaburo Matsuo. He had come to Cowden after having lost his family in an earthquake and died in far from home in 1937. He contributed greatly to the truthfulness and authenticity of the Japanese garden.
Muckhart is an ideal start to the Kirkyard Trail. Don’t miss Upper and Lower Tillicoultry, Dollar, Muckhart, Logie and Alva, as well as at the private burial ground of Harviestoun Castle, Tait’s Tomb.
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