Murdo calls for Killiecrankie Archaeological assessments to be made public


Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, has called on the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland to make public archaeological assessments produced in relation to the A9 dualling project at Killiecrankie.

In a Parliamentary Question response from Keith Brown, the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, the Scottish Government confirmed that archaeological assessments have been carried out ahead of current groundwork excavations.

Killiecrankie campaigners are concerned that the archaeological excavations are not extensive enough and Murdo has asked the Scottish Government to release the full information.

The Scottish Conservative MSP previously submitted a motion for debate on Killiecrankie, but has yet to receive the right cross-party support to make it to the Chamber Floor.

Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said:

“There are real and legitimate concerns over the extent and quality of these archaeological excavations and it’s important that the Scottish Government releases this information.

“Following today’s response I have submitted a supplementary question calling on the Government to make public the full findings from these archaeological digs.

“Campaigners are rightfully worried that lasting damage to the battlefield is happening without due care and attention.

“People in the area recognise that part of the battlefield may be lost to the new road, but if this is to happen, the process must be rigorous and transparent to ensure our history is preserved.

“I want a debate in parliament on the dualling process but this won’t happen without cross party backing and I would call on fellow MSPs to sign my motion to guarantee a fair and robust process.”