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.
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