Save Gillies Hill is trying to replace the Bonnety Tree. Long part of Cambusbarron folk-lore, this ancient Scots Pine stood on the southern edge of the Gillies Hill, overlooking Murrayshall Farm, till quarrying in that area destroyed both.
On its branches, legend said, the ghillies or, as the poet Barbour called them in the years after the battle, the sma folk of Bruce’s army, hung their bonnets before making their dramatic intervention onto the battlefield on 24 June, 1314.
The suggestion came from Ann Ross: “Our family was intrigued by the story of the Bonnety Tree when we first came to Cambusbarron,” Ann said, “ and it’s sad that it’s been gone for a while now: but maybe we can replace it before next year?”
To that end, Save Gillies Hill has written to Messrs Ogilvie to request their permission to plant, on land owned by them, a new version of the Bonnety Tree on the nearest spot to where the original stood.
It’s also intended to record its story on a small plaque. Watch this space for developments.
STOP PRESS: SGH is pleased to report a very positive re- sponse from Messrs Ogilvie, and soon will meet with one of the firm on the Hill to decide exactly where the replacement tree will be planted.