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Friday November 18th


Sandbank Primary School

An Illustrated Talk by Ann Galliard

Two Dukes, Four Weddings and a Funeral

A fascinating talk about some of our Campbell Chiefs!



Friday November 1st


Holy Loch Sailing Club

Captain Barbara


The Lord Nelson - Jubilee Sailing Trust!

Hear the exciting story of the voyage - 7 continents, 50,000 miles and 30 countries!


July 20th, 12 noon


Graham's Point, Kilmun

Join us for a festival of traditional skills, art and heritage, featuring: Fiona MacDougall and her rope-making workshops; Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop's 'Come and Try' sessions; the Argyllyshire Guild and their fighting knights; artists from Cowal Open Studios; local produce from The Veggie Patch; Woodworking from Scottish Green Woodworkers and Arbor Antics; and let Clanscape take you back in time to an 18th century settlement! All this and much more.

Fun for the whole family!


May 24th, 7pm

Scoff, Quaff and Quiz Night!

The Mausoleum Mastermind is dusting off the encylopaedias for a night of brain-teasing fun! Plus jugs of ale, carafes of wine, and Ploughman's Platter to keep the brain fuelled. Also a voucher raffle and prizes to win!

We hope you'l join us at The Guide Hall,

Victoria Road, Dunoon for a right ole larf!!




Thanks to Fyne Ales and Seasons Coffee Shop for generous donations to the voucher raffle!






April 27th, 12 noon

The Final Farewell!

Join us at 12 noon at Kilmun Church, Saturday April 27th. Enjoy a colourful talk by David McKenzie, telling the fascinating story of Kilmun and the Mausoleum. Then explore the graveyard with the aid of Jean Maskell's grave-hunter's map, and meet the ghosts of Kilmun's past. Finally, refresh yourselves with a cup of tea or coffee … and a wee biscuit or two!

Hope to see you there! Donations much appreciated.



Sat 30th March, April 13th & 27th

The Farewell Tours!

Our hidden gem is getting re-cut and polished! To see it in its current state of graceful decay, join us for a presentation, a tour, and refreshments on any of the above dates. Tours begin at noon.

All welcome!



Saturday 30th March

"Easter Fun at Kilmun"

Graham's Point, 2pm

Traditional children's games, BBQ tent, and a special visit from Sir Duncan Campbell and Lady Marjory!

Games start promptly at 2.15.

Free entry!


Friday 8th March

"What Lies Beneath" & "Set in Stone"

By John Atkinson              By Nic Boyes

GUARD Archaeology          Stone Conservation


Argyll Mausoleum Ltd is delighted to announce a double header of talks at Kilmun Younger Hall, on the 8th March.

First up will be John Atkinson of GUARD archaeology revealing the findings of the archaeological survey of the kirkyard.

Then Nic Boyes will be discussing some of the intriguing artifacts from the Mausoleum itself, including a striking statue donated by Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Louise.

Refreshments will be provided during the interval.

Tickets £4. Doors open 6pm.


Saturday 16th February

"Dead Interesting!"

Postponed from January this illustrated talk will be held at Kilmun (St. Munn's) Church at 2.00pm on Saturday 16th February.

Jean Maskell and Ann Galliard will reveal the fascinating and adventurous lives of some of the men now lying at rest in Kilmun graveyard. Learn about the Kilmun connection to Explorers, Pirates, Pioneers, Africa, Canada...and more!

Everyone is most welcome, and entry is £4.


Friday 8th February

Cocktails and Quiz Night with The Jack Ruby Trio


7.30, The Burgh Hall

Join us for a night of light-hearted quizzing, some delicious cocktails, and live music from Dunoon's favourite jazz band. Entry only £4. All proceeds to the Mausoleum project.


Wednesday 16th January

Community Consultation!

Kilmun Hall, Kilmun 


We are delighted to be holding a community consultation, with our architects and Interpretation team attending alongside board members and the new Events Co-ordinator. Please do come along - we'd love to hear your ideas, answer any questions, and discuss the way forward with you.

Also -

Soup and sandwiches £4

Fresh Coffee £2

Tea £1.50

Hope to see you there!



Saturday 29th September

Archaeology at Kilmun!

With the funding of the restoration project now in place, an important archaeological survey is to take place at Kilmun. An vital  stage of this project begins next week, and is being carried out by the expert team from GUARD Archaeology Ltd.

GUARD Archaeology was formerly part of Glasgow University, and is now an independent company. A skilled survey team led by Managing Director John Atkinson will include a geophysical survey of the burial ground around the church and recording of the remains of the 15th century collegiate church tower.

This is very much a community project and groups of children from Strone Primary and Dunoon Grammar School have been given the opportunity to take part in the work. Of course researchers from the Kilmun History Group will be there in force and local Heritage groups have also been invited to come along. As this is such an important and ancient site, who knows what may be discovered!

If you would like to come and observe the proceedings and perhaps have a chance to talk to the archaeologists, please come along after 10.00am. on Saturday 29th September, when you will be most welcome.

November 4th - Sunday

3.30pm, St Munn's Church, Kilmun

We are delighted to announce a concert by the fabulous Strathclyde Harmonia choir in the beautiful surroundings of St. Munn's Church in Kilmun. The acclaimed choir  sing mainly unaccompanied music, choosing from the wide sacred and secular plethora of music available. They are generous fundraisers for many worthwhile charities. For a sneak preview of their music, visit the website and find out what a treat is in store. ic 

Dr Frank Barclay has also kindly agreed to give us the rare opportunity to enjoy a performance on Kilmun's rare water organ.

We are most grateful  to the church for their co-operation in arranging this concert

Tickets are limited, and available at Bookpoint.


Coming Soon

We are in the process of arranging the programme of events for 2012/2013. Full  information will be advertised nearer the time, and  additional details will be added to this site when confirmed.

26th November

Andy McClintock wil talk about Lewis Fry Richardson, the appealling eccentric known as the "Mad Scientist" who lived for a time at Kilmun, delighting the community with his colourful personality and fascinating experiments.


10th December

Mairi Paterson will dispel some myths and tell the true story about the Campbells and MacDonalds at Glencoe. This controversial story will certainly provide an interesting evening, but Mairi will also relate the tale of a strange connection between Glencoe and a tribe of North American Indians.


14th January

Ann Galliard and Jean Maskell will tell some of the amazing stories of the families buried at Kilmun. These include a Captain in Nelson's navy, a Fur Trapper who almost atarted a war with Russia, a Pipemaker and a family who were Pioneers in Africa, some artists and a conflict between the Laird and a family of poor Tinkers.



Doors Open Days


In September we are taking part in the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs Doors Open Days event.

The Mausoleum will be open from 10.00am – 4.00pm on Saturday 1st September and from 14.00 – 16.00 on Sunday 2nd September.

St.Munn’s Church will also be open at these times and everyone is welcome.

See other local places not always open to the public where visitors are welcome for this special event at




Cowalfest takes place each year, and this year we are presenting a talk about local history at Uig Hall. Jean Maskell and Ann Galliard will give an illustrated talk about local explorer John McKinley, The Kilmun Hermit, The Maritime Quarantine Station at Lazaretto, and the Clachaig Gunpowder Works, showing just part of the very rich history of the area.

Plenty of interest for locals and visitors and a warm welcome assured at Uig Hall.

Entry is £4 at the door, and the talk begins at 7.00pm.


Funday Sunday

Traditional crafts and the traditional way of living are unfortunately getting lost in the frantic pace of living that we lead. These are skills that we seldom make the time for in our busy lives which are filled with technology that was supposed to free up some spare time! Funny how our great-grandparents had the time to do all these things with very little technology and no computers! We are lucky that many of the old country skills of the past are kept alive by Cowal people and that some of these talented folk are willing to demonstrate what fun they can be.

This is no ordinary summer fête! Why not get away from your computer and T.V.  and enjoy a fantastic day of fun at Graham’s Point on 19th August? Where else can you see so many skilled craftsmen working …and some of them will let you try out the difficult work they make look easy. There will be Iron Age people who will encourage you to try rope making, weaving, grinding corn and making oatcakes the old fashioned way, knights in shining armour, a silversmith, charcoal maker, a spectacular pole lathe, sporran maker, artists, spinning, weaving, patchwork, pony trap, woodworkers and a host more. There will be live music, Dunoon Radio, and many other stalls. If this makes you hungry there are burgers and refreshments, and most of the stalls are under cover so you won’t get wet! Open 12.00 until 4.30.

Entry is FREE, but donations for the project are welcomed 

Following a very sucessful and enthusiastic meeting of people who want to be involved in our History Group, a visit to the Local Studies Library has been arranged. We are extremely fortunate in having this wonderful  Argyll wide facility so close at hand.

On Thursday 19th April, at 7.00pm Eleanor McKay, the Information and Local Studies Librarian, will talk about the resources and show everyone what is available for researchers interested in Argyll history.

If you would like to come along, please contact Ann Galliard 01369701202 to book a place.



Following great community interest in recent talks about The Argyll Mausoleum, it has been decided to have an ongoing programme of events either relating directly to the Kilmun site and its history, the Campbell and other local families, or the local area. Talks to various community groups about the project and the history of Kilmun have already been presented by the Directors who are pleased to  give the illustrated talk on request.

Saturday 24th March 2012

Early Days of the Campbells in Argyll

Please note that this event has unfortunately been postponed to a later date due to the ill health of Alastair Campbell. We send him our best wishes for a speedy recovery and look forward to enjoying his lecture later in the year.

Alasdair Campbell of Airds: Islay Herald of Arms Extraordinary

2.30pm Uig Hall

We are proud and delighted that one of the most highly respected historians of the Campbell family has agreed to talk about the early family in Argyll. Alastair Lorne Campbell of Airds, the son of Lorne MacLaine Campbell V.C. of Airds, is a Scottish officer of arms, historian and author. He was appointed Unicorn Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary in 1987 and then in 2008 he was appointed Islay Herald Extraordinary. Since 1974, he has been part of The Queen’s Bodyguard in Scotland.

Monday 14th May 2012

Kilmun Graveyard

Mrs Jean Maskell

7.30pm Kilmun Church

Jean Maskell is currently employed by the Ardkinglas Estate, and is a respected local historian. As long ago as 1987 Jean began the painstaking work of transcribing the monumental inscriptions of Kilmun. Now a leading member of the group of people researching the history of Kilmun and its surroundings, Jean is working on local houses and buildings and will, for her first talk, concentrate on the old graveyard of Kilmun.

Saturday 31st March 2012

The Making of Grand Tours

Paul Murton

7.30 Burgh Hall, Dunoon

Lovers of Scotland had a real treat when Paul Murton rediscovered a well worn old book which had been in the family for years. This was a guide written for early visitors, describing places which at the time were largely unknown. “Black’s Picturesque Guide to Scotland” was written for the wave of tourists who came to explore Scotland when Sir Walter Scott and Queen Victoria made the land which had once seemed forbidding and unwelcoming the place to visit. It became fashionable to explore “less civilised” parts of the world and this included much of Scotland, starting with the beautiful Trossachs. As time went on not just the wealthy but more and more working people from industrial areas could afford to take holidays as routes opened up with new roads, railways and steamers on the water.

The BBC series “Grand Tours of Scotland” was devised and presented by Paul Murton, and explores various aspects of Scottish tourism in a factual and often humorous way. There is something special about seeing your own locality and places you know featured on television, and the series was very popular, so it was no surprise when a second series was made. Hopefully our armchair tours will become an annual event!
It is obvious from his programmes that Paul Murton loves Scotland. His childhood was spent in Cowal, and he was a pupil at Dunoon Grammar School before studying at Aberdeen University. His education continued at the National Film and TV School in London and he then worked behind the camera on popular programmes such as “The Bill” and “Casualty”. Although his work in England brought him many awards, Paul always wanted to return home and he now runs Timeline Films based in the Trossachs, an independent company producing high quality popular factual television programmes. Paul’s love of Scottish history is clearly evident when watching his programmes about the Scottish Clans – dramatic, romantic and controversial stories set against magnificent scenery.


“Grand Tours of Scotland” and Paul’s other programmes are a perfect way to encourage visitors to our amazing country, and it is nice to think that the inspiration lay in a book which catered for the first intrepid tourists.
We are proud to welcome Paul back to Dunoon!

Tickets are £4.00 and available from Bookpoint in Dunoon, all proceeds to Argyll Mausoleum Ltd.




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