Raibeart Ruadh MacGriogair; 7 March 1671 – 28 December 1734
Quite possibly the most iconic Scottish character of all time. There are books, films, operettas, an overture, a football club and even a cocktail created in his memory
A highly cultured man he was renowned for his ability with the sword (and his extremely long arms!) and his role in “protection” of the gentry’s cattle.
Màiri Mhòr nan Òran (Big Mary of the Songs) Mary MacPherson was born in Skye but moved to Inverness to work. She was wrongfully imprisoned in her 50s and this was the catalyst for an incredible outpouring of music, song and poetry. She became a leading light in the struggle for land reform and the preservation of Gaelic language and culture. She is buried across the road from the bar.
One of the most “colourful” characters to have lived in the Highlands was the infamous Aleister Crowley. Once known as the “the wickedest man in the world”, he lived at Boleskine house on the shores of Loch Ness. He started his ‘career’ in the occult in 1898 when he joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he was trained in ceremonial magic by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers.