BLACK WATCH MONUMENT, ABERFELDY, PERTHSHIRE

A striking monument to the Black Watch Regiment set in the in picturesque Aberfeldy, by the banks of the river Tay, near Wade's Bridge. John Simpson VC 1843-1884. Officers of The Black Watch. 1725-1986 served in the regiment he won his Victoria Cross For conspicuous bravery at the attack on the fort of Ruhya on 15 April1858, in having volunteered to go to an exposed point within 40 yards of the parapet of the fort under a heavy fire, and brought in, first Lt Douglas, and afterwards a private soldier, both of whom were dangerously wounded. (Thanks to Thomas B Smythe, curator, for that information).
The 10th Lord Lovat, the Red Fox, was in charge of one of its founding companies but there was doubt about his Jacobite sympathies and it was disbanded.

ARBROATH ABBEY & DECLARATION OF ARBROATH

Entry times - Open all year, times change so check there website before visiting www.historic-scotland.gov.uk and our thanks to them for providing the information and image 1 April to 30 September - daily from 09.30 to last entry 18.00 closes at 18.30
1 October to 31 March - daily from 09.30 to last entry 16.00 closes at 16.30
Prices Adults £3.30; OAP (over 60 years) £2.50; Child (5 to 15 years) £1.00; and Child 4 and under Free.
Directions
in the town of Arbroath off the A92. Ten minutes walk from Arbroath railway station. Any problems contact the site staff for advice on 01241 878756
What to see - The substantial ruins of a Tironensian monastery, founded by William the Lion in 1178 who is buried in the Abbey. Parts of the abbey church and domestic buildings remain, notably the gatehouse range and the abbot's house.
A new visitor centre uses modern technology to bring the site and it's history to life. The Abbey is famously associated with the Declaration of Arbroath of 1320, a letter to the Pope, which sought his recognition of the Scot's independence from England. The gatehouse range houses a new display on the dedication, which includes an audio of the English translation of the original letter. One of the signatories to the Declaration of Arbroath was Sir Alexander Fraser, Chamberlain of Scotland and Robert the Bruce's brother-in-law.
You may also wish to look at the Heraldry Society of Scotland website pages on the declaration which also gives a little information on Sir Alexander. www.heraldry-scotland.co.uk/Arbroath.htm

 

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