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Memorial details

Memorial type
Shrine
District
Tweeddale
Town
Peebles
County
Borders
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Afghanistan (2001-2014)
Maker
The Bromsgrove Guild, Mr Thomas Beattie, Professor G Matranga, Mr Burnett Napier Henderson Orphoot, FRIBA, RSA, James Millar & Sons, Leonard Grandison & Son
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 5 October 1922
    Attended by: Field Marshal Earl Haig, KT GCB OM GCVO KCIE
  • Rededicated
    Date: 9 November 2003
    Attended by: Royal Scots Detachment from the 52nd Lowland Regiment; Representatives from the Royal British Legion, Peebles Ex-Servicemen's Federation, Peebles Callants' Club and the Red Cross
  • Dedicated
    Date: 5 October 1922
    Attended by: Very Rev Dr Martin, minister of Peebles Parish
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
6040
Current location

In public courtyard
Chambers Institute also known as (Dean's House)
High Street
Peebles
Tweeddale
Borders
EH45 8AJ
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NT 25259 40443
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Hexagonal shrine with a domed roof and arches forming the walls. Also two pillars and a free standing Celtic cross of Sicilian 'billiemi' decorated with mosaic-work. Bronze plaques framed in mosaic-work based on 12th century mosaics of Monreale. WW1 plaques located within the structure, and WW2 and post-1945 conflicts plaques located outside the structure to the left and right. The memorial covers Broughton, Drumelzier, Eddleston, Innerleithen, Kirkurd, Lyne, Meggat, Manor, Newlands, Skirling, Stobo, Traquair, Tweedsmuir, Walkerburn, West Linton and Peebles Note that the WW1 names include 2 VC's- Piper James Richardson & Thomas Riversdale Collyer- Fergusson (under the West Linton names). Note that Thomas Riversdale Collyer-Fergusson was from Sevenoaks, Kent, and is widely commemorated in the county. However his connection to West Linton is unknown, and he is not commemorated on the West Linton memorial.
Inscription
WW1 plaques: BROUGHTON/ (Names)/ DRUMELZIER/ (Names)/ EDDLESTON/ (Names)/ INNERLEITHEN/ (Names)/ KIRKURD/ (Names)/ LYNE & MEGGAT/ LYNE/ (Name)/ MEGGAT/ (Names)/ MANOR/ (Names)/ NEWLANDS/ (Names)/ SKIRLING/ (Names)/ STOBO/ (Names)/ TRAQUAIR/ (Names)/ TWEEDSMUIR/ (Names)/ WALKERBURN/ (Names)/ WEST LINTON/ (Names)/ PEEBLES/ (Names) WW2 plaques: 1939 1945/ IN PROUD REMEMBRANCE OF/ THOSE OF THE COUNTY OF/ PEEBLES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE WAR/ INNERLEITHEN/ (Names)/ LINTON/ (Names)/ WALKERBURN/ (Names)/ NEWLANDS/ (Names)/ TRAQUAIR/ (Name)/ TWEEDSMUIR/ (Name)/ BROUGHTON/ (Name)/ EDDLESTON/ (Name)/ LYNE/ (Name)/ SKIRLING/ (Name) Post-1945 plaque: IN PROUD REMEMBRANCE OF/ THOSE OF THE COUNTY OF/ PEEBLES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN CONFLICTS SINCE 1945/ AFGHANISTAN 2008/ (Name)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adam, D
Adam, R
Adam, R
Addison, W
Ainsworth, G
Aird, A
Aitchison, J
Aitchison, R F
Aitken, J T
Aitken, W
See details for all 706 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 567
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 567
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials of forenames, home town
    Order of information: home town THEN surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 138
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 138
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials of forenames, home town
    Order of information: home town THEN surname
  • Afghanistan (2001-2014)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, year died, initials of forenames
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Limestone
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Shrine
    Measurements: height 1219mm
    Materials: Stone
Condition
History
Early 1950's: renovated. c1980: screen walls were clad in a yellow sandstone. 2003: memorial refurbished with the help of a £50,000 grant from heritage lottery fund and £15,000 from Scottish Borders Council’s (SBC) Capital Programme. Name of a soldier who died in 1919 was added to the WW1 plaque.
Costs

Comments: The memorial cost about £5,000. The other £15,000 went to refurbish, extend and re-equip the Morelands Military Hospital to provide a hospital for the Local Community. It was inaugurated on the same day as the memorial was unveiled. It was on Tweed Avenue, overlooking Tweed Green. It closed as a hospital in 1985 and became a private nursing home.

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: Public subscription, which raised about £20,000
Responsibility
Chambers Institution
Reference
  • Pebblesshire News, 6 November 2003: "War memorial re-dedication"
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Names list: www.lostancestors.eu/memwar/P/Peeblesnames.htm
  • Unveiling video: scotlandonscreen.org.uk/browse-films/007-000-002-197-c
  • For photographs-www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/141343
  • History of Peeblesshire, p. 152
  • portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/LB39181
  • Peeblesshire News - on line 18 August 2019 Divided opinion over Peebles war memorial trees By Hilary Scott Reporter THE British Legion has raised concerns that over-grown trees are spoiling Peebles war memorial which is considered one of the finest in Scotland. The trees form part of the memorial gardens in the quadrangle of the Chambers Institute. However, roots of both the trees are now starting to affect the path around the gardens and one tree is blocking the view of the eternal flame statue in the far corner on the memorial. Peebles Community Council has asked locals for their feedback on the trees being removed. Scott Rae said: “We’ve had a few responses, all of them have commented that they really do appreciate the trees being there, particularly in autumn because they are rowans and the colours are bright. “One of the commenters works at the library, and received feedback from people that they like those trees. I think a bit more information from the trustees would be useful to understand what they are suggesting.” Councillor Stuart Bell is one of the trustees on the Chambers Institution Trust. He said: “The situation is that the British Legion is very concerned about the quality of the environment around the war memorial and they see the trees as instrumental and a significant part of that. The British Legion regularly talks to the Chambers Institution Trust about what can be done in order to maintain that as a peaceful and respectful environment. “It was the British Legion that raised with the Trust the fact that the trees are out of scale and proportion in comparison with the site, and they had suggested that perhaps those trees should be cut down. Particularly the one that is blocking an eternal flame structure, but the concern is the roots.” Councillor Bell explained that the decision would be made by the Chambers Institution Trust. He added: “We took advice from the council’s neighbourhood services who told us that you can’t just cut two trees down without replacing them. My own view is that we should replace them with trees. “In other words, we should respect that those trees have grown up and matured and replace them with something that adds to the environment and isn’t so overarching and that might not be a concern in regard to the people who have made representation.” Councillor Bell requested that the consultation carried out by Peebles Community Council is passed onto the Chambers Institution Trust for consideration.

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