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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
Inverness
Town
Beauly
County
Highland
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
Maker
Edward Stourton
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 20 December 1905
    Attended by: The Mackintosh of Mackintosh, Lord Lieutenant of Inverness-shire. Lord Lovat
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
57911
Current location

The Square
Beauly
Inverness
Highland
IV4 7BX
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NH 52658 46408
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Pedestal with castellation and pinnacle at the top. On west face is a bronze relief of two men in Lovat scouts dress, one standing and one seated on the ground by a horse. On the remaining faces names are listed with theatres of action inscribed below- 1 panel for the fallen & 1 for the served. The whole is set on a stepped base. A small carved cannon protrudes from each corner of the castellation. The badge of the Lovat Scouts is carved in relief above the bronze relief panel.
Inscription
East face: ERECTED/ BY THE LOVAT TENANTRY AND FEUARS/ OF THE AIRD AND FORT AUGUSTUS DISTRICTS/ TO COMMEMORATE/ THE RAISING OF THE LOVAT SCOUTS/ FOR THE SERVICE IN SOUTH AFRICA/ BY/ SIMON JOSEPH 16TH LORD LOVAT/ CVO CB DSO/ WHO DESIRED TO SHEW/ THE MARTIAL SPIRIT OF THEIR FOREFATHERS/ STILL ANIMATES/ THE HIGHLANDERS OF TO-DAY/ AND WHOSE CONFIDENCE WAS JUSTIFIED/ BY THE SCOUTS IN THE FIELD/ OF THE GALLANT CORPS/ WHOSE EXISTENCE WAS DUE/ TO HIS LOYALTY AND PATRIOTISM/ A.D. 1905 North face: OF THE/ LOVAT SCOUTS/ THE FOLLOWING FELL IN ACTION/ OR DIED OF DISEASE/ BETWEEN MARCH 1900 AND AUGUST 1902/ (Names) South face: OFFICERS/ OF THE LOVAT SCOUTS/ (Names) Base: SOUTH AFRICA DIAMOND HILL CAPE COLONY WHITEBERGEN
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Barron, W
Burn-murdoch
Cameron, D W
Cameron, J
Campbell, J
Campbell, (sir) Arthur
Cathorne-hardy, (hon) J F
Chauders, L A
Christie, I D
Clarke, D C
See details for all 61 names
Commemorations
  • Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
    Total names on memorial: 61
    Served and returned: 36
    Died: 25
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, rank, contingent ,decorations, service number (for the fallen), additional
    Order of information: contingent THEN rank
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: height 10000mm
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Detail
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Condition
History
2005: Some of the stone has chipped off the base of the pedestal.; In 2014 War Memorials Trust offered a grant of £15,480 for repair and conservation work. Exposure to weather and pollution had resulted in a build-up of dirt and biological growth on the stone as well as corrosion of the bronze elements. Defective pointing and blocked rain water cannels at the top of the plinth meant that water is getting into the memorial. In addition areas of the stonework had also been damaged or were subject to deterioration. To address these issues work defective cement pointing was removed and re-point with a lime mortar. Stone repairs and replacement, on a like for like basis, were undertaken to where damaged or eroded stones had been identified. -The bronze plaque was carefully cleaned and then protected with an application of wax.
Costs

Comments: Sponsorship by tenants of the Frazer family. "The Scouts memorial, erected in the Square of Beauly by the tenants and feuars on the Aird and Fort Augustus portions of Lord Lovat's estates cost exceeding £400"

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Reference
  • Scottish War Memorials Project-warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=1085&mforum=warmemscot
  • BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND by GIFFORD, JOHN H & I P.154 (1992) Source: Image Library
  • Edinburgh Evening News - Thursday 21 December 1905 -LOVAT SCOUTS' WAR MEMORIAL.
  • Dundee Courier - Thursday 21 December 1905 -LOVAT SCOUTS' MEMORIAL. -INTERESTING CEREMONY AT BEAULY. The Scouts memorial, erected in the Square of Beauly by the tenants and feuars on the Aird and Fort Augustus portions of Lord Lovat's estates cost exceeding £400, was unveiled yesterday by The Mackintosh of Mackintosh, Lord-Lieutenant of Inverness-shire, Two thousand people witnessed the proceedings, while one hundred uniformed Lovat Scouts formed a guard of honour. The Mackintosh paid a high tribute to the patriotism of Lord Lovat and his scouts after the dark days following Magersfontein in going out to South Africa and fighting their country's battles. Erected on the North Road, artery between North and South, it would remind people yet unborn their duty to King and country. Lord Lovat suitably replied, saying the raising of the Scouts was proof that in the time of their country's need the Highlands could still produce men in numbers. A cake and wine banquet followed in Phipps' Hall — Lord Lovat presiding. In proposing the King, Lord Lovat said that His Majesty was soon to inspect the Lovat Scouts.

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