Members' business: Congratulating 'Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society'


SNP MSP David Torrance led a debate to congratulate the Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society.

This society was formed in 1986 after a car was set on fire in Jonathan's Cave, which destroyed the drawing of the swan, which is a part of the Wemyss Coat of Arms.

Mr Torrance congratulated the society on efforts to preserve the caves for future generations.

He said that "sadly though the caves are under threat from nature itself", from coastal erosion or landslips and said that "one of the jewels in the crown of Scotland's history could be lost forever".

The MSP noted how the caves were of significant historical value and that further study of the symbols and carvings, which include an unusually high quantity of Pictish art work, could progress understanding of Scottish cultural history, and believes that the caves have the potential to be a major tourist attraction in the Wemyss area and Fife.

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