Fraser 11th Lord of Lovat (1667 - 1747) also known as "The
Old Fox" is said to be buried in this mausoleum. He along
with other Highlanders were defeated at the Battle of Culloden.
He was tried and convicted of treason against the Crown. He
was the last man beheaded in Britian. He had requested burial
at Wardlaw. The government changed its mind after agreeing,
and buried him in the floor of the Tower of London instead.
Lore said he was in fact buried here at Wardlaw. For 9 days
between after execution and burial his body could be viewed
for 1 penny. It has been said friends of family members swapped
bodies and it is someone else buried in the floor of the chapel.
A story goes that he was brought north to Inverness aboard
a merchant ship which sailed Beuley Firth to Wardlaw.
The mausoleum, located in Kirkhill 8 miles west of Inverness,
is in Wardlaw Graveyard It was built in 1634 as the burial
place for the Lovat Frasers on the end of the original parish
church. There are 6 coffins in the crypt. His is said to be
on the far left.
The roof of the mausoleum was raised and a tower added in
1722 by the then Lord Lovat, the ‘Old Fox’ of the Jacobite
Rebellion who was later buried in the crypt. It was used by
the Lovats until the early 19th century.
In June 2017, members from the Fort Fraser Garrison paid homage
with a pilgrimmage visit to the mausoleum.
The 78th Fraser Highlanders had received a collection of information
sheets (accessible from here at our website below) kindly
Mr. Erik Lundberg, Wardlaw Mausoleum Trust.
Visit the Museum's website by clicking on the sign above.
Mausoleum is wanting to undergo a restoration to complement
the one completed in 1998. The project of £100,000 is
to replace areas of lime plaster, repaint inside and
out and do some roof and gutter repairs. .Plus the Mausoleum
wishes to undertake other projects within the restoration
scope to improve and update interpretation in the building
and on the website plus our social media coverage
Regiment has donated $500 CDN towards the effort, and
you can help! Click on the sign to go to the donation
page. Credit cards
are accepted for payment. Note that CCRA ("Revenue
Canada") will not accept foriegn tax receipts (if
you can, we would be delighted if you could donate!).If
you know of friends and family in Scotland who apprecitate
Scottish heritage, let them know of this important project.
Contributions made within the UK are a tax benifit as
the Wardlaw Mausoleum Trust is a registered Scottish
Charity (No. SCO21646).
Brief History of the Lovat Frasers at Wardlaw Mausoleum
by Paul K Lang of Living History Presentations
overflight by drone of Wardlaw Mausoleum
taken by Capt. Mike Redmond - Scottish Tour June 2017
sheets kindly provided by:
The Wardlaw Mausoleum Trust, Kirkhill, Inverness.
Old Fox Simon Lord Lovat by Willam Hogarth [pdf]
News Release (examination of the remains of
Simon Lovat) [pdf]
Mausoleum Visitor Brochure [pdf]
Mausoleum Tour Notes [pdf]
Mausoleum Plaques [pdf]
of Lovat Family Tree (Anderson Bk 1825)
Fox Books Listing
2018 78th Fraser Highlanders Fort Fraser Garrison, 1st Signal