The Book of Ben Bhraggie

Fax: from Sandy Lindsay to Janet MacKay, June 13, 1995

Planning permission has been sought by Mr. Sandy Lindsay and others to remove the huge statue of the 1st Duke of Sutherland from the summit of Ben Bhraggie which overlooks Golspie (Sutherland, Scotland). After the statutory consultation period, 31 objections and 13 letters of support were received by the Divisional Planning Officer. Mr. Lindsay is modifying his application for re-submission so as to clarify the removal of the statue but not the plinth as well as improving access and mounting a viewpoint.

Therefore a further period of consultation will allow supporters to add their names to the Divisional Planning Office in Dornoch. The aim is to replace this symbol of the brutal clearance and dispersal of the Gaels and to replace it with a suitable memorial to the victims of the Highland Clearances.

The "Book of Ben Bhraggie" Steering Group has opened a bank account to accept donations. The Book can take thousands of names of supporters. It will become an important record of national feeling. As a result of these actions, a major debate across she country has begun. The Planning Chair of the Highland Regional Council, for example, has dubbed the proposals "rubbish" so a prolonged battle will have to be joined to progress this scheme. You are invited to join the debate, sign the Book and contribute to the properly constituted "Book of Ben Bhraggie" account.

For further information, please contact:
Sandy Lindsay
3 Manse Road, Kingussie, Inverness-shire; (Tel 0540 661968);
James MacDonald
56 Bught Drive, Inverness; (tel: 046536-239061); or
Peter Findlay
Lochuanagan, Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire; (tel: 0320 366555)

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To the Account of the Book of Ben Bhraggie
c/o The Clydesdale Bank, Main Street, Golspie, Sutherland

I hereby declare my support for the aims of the Book of Ben Bhraggie,
and enclose a subscription to its funds. ..............

I wish my name and address to be added to the Book of Ben Bhraggie,
as follows:

Name.................................................................

Address..............................................................
(please print clearly)

Signature:.................................. Date:.................

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