PE01523: Give the Tinkers' Heart of Argyll back to the Travelling People

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Petitioner: Jess Smith


Date Lodged: 28 May 2014

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to direct Historic Scotland to investigate what action can be taken to ensure the restoration and preservation of the Heart of Quartz stones positioned in a field next to the A815, opposite the junction of the B839, overlooking Loch Fyne, known as the Gypsy Wedding Place, referred to locally as the Tinkers’ Heart.

Petition History:


30 September 2014: The Committee took evidence from Jess Smith. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Historic Scotland, Argyll and Bute Council and Kate How. Link to Official Report 30 September 2014 (509KB pdf)

Below: Jess Smith at the meeting on 30 September 2014


9 December 2014: The Committee agreed to write to Historic Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council. The Committee also agreed to invite the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs and Historic Scotland to give evidence at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 9 December 2014

17 February 2015: The Committee took evidence from Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Noel Fojut, Head of Historic Environment Legislation, Scottish Government, and Barbara Cummins, Director of Heritage Management, Historic Scotland. The Committee agreed to reflect on the evidence heard and consider a paper by the Clerk at a future meeting. The Committee also agreed to write to Historic Scotland, Kate How and the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee. The Committee also agreed to consider whether to respond to the joint consultation on a Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland. Link to Official Report 17 February 2015

7 September 2015: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the Tinkers’ Heart will be listed as a monument of national importance and stakeholders are in the process of developing a long-term plan for its restoration and preservation. Link to Official Report 7 September 2015

Written Submissions:

The ethos of the Scottish Government’s campaign One Scotland Many Cultures is admirable. The historical and present contributions made to our country by various groups of people is something to celebrate and be proud of – we would not be the Scotland we are today without them. A strong country is made by strong people who love this land. And its people - all of its people -  always have been Scotland’s strength.

Please help us convince the Scottish Government to acknowledge the historical and present importance of one of those groups by signing this petition asking them to schedule the Tinkers’ Heart as a monument. What could be a more fitting reminder of the Tinkers’ part in Scottish life than a heart created from love and memories in the rural landscape at a point where the roads meet?

Good luck


23:55 on 28 May 2014

Save traveller history please

rachel cassini

23:40 on 28 May 2014

Travellers or not, heritage is heritage. Leave this landmark where it belongs!

neil towsey

23:17 on 28 May 2014

Just do it.

Barry Liddle

12:47 on 25 May 2014

Good Luck, claim what is our heritage!

sarah Hague

23:31 on 24 May 2014

I hope the Scottish Government will let the Scottish Travellers keep their landmark known as Tinkers Heart, My Great Grandparents came from Scotland, as well as Ireland so I think it's important to the Travellers heritage, Please consider this petition, because it would be nice for Scottish, Irish people of America to come to visit, God Bless all who are for this cause

Winnie Riley

16:22 on 22 May 2014

Restore the tinkers' heart

Margaret smart

19:00 on 21 May 2014

Go on - you know it makes sense.

George Smart

12:48 on 21 May 2014

The Tinkers and Travellers Scottish Claim to be descendents of the Picts the Broken Clans , some were covenanters and Jacobites who ran to the hills and never went home they are integral every part of our history please respect them and there artistic and cultural contributions to our country

Alexander McCallum

0:31 on 21 May 2014

Restore and preserve THE TINKERS' HEART!

Josephine Crawford

11:19 on 19 May 2014

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