AN MSP is backing a petition calling for a famed travellers' monument to be preserved and turned into a visitor attraction. The SNP's
A petition has been lodged with the Scottish Parliament by campaigners led by traveller and author
It calls for the Government to direct Historic Scotland to take action over the memorial, which features a heart of quartz stones, and ensure its restoration and preservation.
"The travellers' heritage demands to be remembered particularly beside
"I support the view that it should be formally scheduled by Historic Scotland as a historic monument and that it needs much better care, much better signage and much better access."
The petition, which closes on
"It is a sacred place to remember the dead, evident by the coins and flowers that lie scattered at the Heart: some people still visit to pay respect and honour their ancestors."
The Tinker's Heart is rumoured to date back as far as the Battle of Culloden in 1746 when the stones were laid in memory of traveller men who did not return.
Ms Smith added: "Our community is crying out for this last piece of its heritage to be preserved in a dignified and respectful way."
AN MSP is backing a petition calling for a famed travellers' monument to be preserved and turned into a visitor attraction.