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Memorial details

Memorial type
Stone of remembrance
District
Argyll And Bute
Town
Taynuilt
County
Strathclyde
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
Maker
Workmen of Lorn Furnace (Makers)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 25 December 1805
    Attended by: Workmen of Lorn Furnace
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
44792
Current location

Monument is North of Muckairn Parish Church. Footpath to monument from near church car park (NN 00474 31038)
Taynuilt (Bonawe Furnace) Museum
Path off School Brae
Taynuilt
Argyll And Bute
Strathclyde
PA35 1JF
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NN 00522 31076
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Granite standing stone also known as Barra Na Cabar standing on a prominent hill.
Inscription
TO THE MEMORY OF / LORD NELSON /THIS STONE / WAS ERECTED BY THE / LORN FURNACE WORKMEN / 1805
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Slate
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Aberdeen People's Journal - Saturday 07 August 1880 THE FIRST MONUMENT TO LORD NELSON. — Near the Taynuilt Station, on a round, sandy mound little below the Muckairn Parish Church, called Cnoc Aingeal, or “Angel’s Hillock,” stands a large slab unhewn granite, which was erected to the memory Lord Nelson, who fell at Trafalgar in October 1805. This stone, which formed part of a Druidical circle near Aird’s Bay, was the first monument erected to the memory of this hero; for it was set up by workmen of Lorn Furnace on Christmas Day 1805, some months before Nelson’s corpse arrived in this country. Shortly after its erection, local “dominie” gave vent to his patriotism in the following ode; "Twas for Nelson’s great victorie; This monument was erect you see; When the combined he did defeat, And captured twenty of their fleet. But, alas! dear was the prize, For therein Nelson dies: For a rifle from their tops Strikes our hero, and—he drops ! But altho’ is no more, Still his memory we adore; And ever to the end of time. Keep his great exploits in min’. " The following lines were written by some one who resided for short time in Taynuilt Hotel, close by the monument:- “An unhewn stone here bears our Nelson’s name; Bold as his genius—towering as his fame, No greater effort could his genius crave Than that which freemen offered the brave. " There is a local tradition that the large slab which forms the monument, was taken down from Glenetive by some giant, who carried it on his back in a with or "widdy.” — Oban Times.

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