The original Bonnety Tree was where the ghillies, (after whom the Hill is named) or servants to the Scottish army, were placed by Robert the Bruce - and from where they descended with significance on the second day onto the battlefield. The English thought they were reinforcements - and those who had survived the first day were shattered by their appearance - and attempted to flee. The legend is they left their headgear on the Bonnety Tree.
The tree that inherited the Bonnety Tree title, was destroyed by quarriers during the latter years of the 20th century, and many local villagers remember it well.
Save Gillies Hill members - and others - will be there to witness the planting of a new Bonnety Tree, and the unveiling of a plaque recording its story. Our hope is this sapling -transplanted from near the Bonnety Tree’s original location- will act as a beacon for the community’s wish to see the end of quarrying in this area.