Luss grave marker to be restored

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A PROJECT has been launched to restore an 11th century Viking grave marker in Luss Churchyard.

Luss Heritage Group and Luss and Arden Community Development Trust are working together, with the support of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, to restore the stone, which is said to be typical of an Anglo-Scandinavian grave marker known as a hogback stone.

Classed as an important and very early example of a hogback, it was unearthed in 1926. It is currently covered by black moss accumulated over the years which is obscuring the ornate carved detail.

Historic Scotland has provided £9,000 for the project, and the park authority has added £4,400. Part of the funding will be used to restore and display other ancient stones at Luss Church.

Iain MacEachern of the Community Development Trust said: "The stone is viewed by hundreds of visitors to Luss annually, and once restored and suitably displayed it will become the centre focus at the entry to Luss Church."

  • The image above was taken in 2001 for Helensburgh Heritage Trust by Donald Fullarton.