Blantyre Monument

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Blantyre Monument
Monument near Bishopton - geograph.org.uk - 448575.jpg
Coordinates 55°54′57″N 4°29′45″W / 55.9157°N 4.4959°W / 55.9157; -4.4959Coordinates: 55°54′57″N 4°29′45″W / 55.9157°N 4.4959°W / 55.9157; -4.4959
Location Erskine, Renfrewshire
Designer William Burn
Type Obelisk
Material Stone
Height 80 ft (24 m)
Completion date c.1825
Dedicated to Robert Walter Stuart

Blantyre Monument is a commemorative stone in Erskine, Renfrewshire. The monument is in the obelisk style. It is situated adjacent to the B815 road; in a field on the border with Bishopton.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

The monument was built to commemorate the bravery of Robert Walter Stuart, the 11th Lord Blantyre, who lived at nearby Erskine House (now Mar Hall). He was a Major-General in the British Army and served in the Napoleonic Wars with the Duke of Wellington. He was killed accidentally by a stray bullet in a street fight in Brussels in 1830. The monument was planned by friends who held him in high esteem.[2] William Burn was the designer.[1] It was constructed in c.1825 and became a category B listed monument on 27 June 1980.[3][4]

Inscription[edit]

The following passage is inscribed on the monument:

Erected by the county of Renfrew
to the memory of the right honorable
Robert Walter 11th Lord Blantyre

A Major-General in the British Army
and formerly Lord Lieutenant of
Renfrewshire

In testimony of respect for his
public services and as a tribute
of esteem of his private worth

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Site Record for Erskine House & Blantyre Monument". Canmore.rcahms.gov.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Bla'antir's Ain Website". Blantyre.biz. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  3. ^ a b "OS Map of Blantyre Monument by Freeland, Bishopton". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Blantyre Monument by Freeland, Bishopton". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2014-07-18.