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Luss War Memorial

I posted about Luss a couple of days ago.

Its War Memorial lies in a small enclosure beside Pier Road. It is a simple stone cross with embossed sword atop a hexagonal pedestal.
The dedication reads, “In grateful memory of the men of this parish who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-19,” with added below, “and in the war 1939-1945.” Second World War names lie after the ‘and’ of the World War 2 dedication, Great War names are on the two hexagonal sides flanking it.

Luss War Memorial

From west. Great War names on facing side of hexagon:-

War Memorial, Luss

From east. Great War names on facing side of hexagon:-

Luss War Memorial from East

Luss

Luss is a village on the shores of Loch Lomond in the west of Scotland. It’s about twelve or so miles from Dumbarton.

It was the village where most of the outside shots for the Scottish Television (STV) soap opera Take the High Road were filmed.

Luss from the village pier:-

Luss, from Loch Lomond,

Part of Luss from the other side of the pier:-

Luss From Loch Lomond

Luss Church:-

Luss Church, Loch Lomond, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

In the churchyard there is a Viking hogback stone:-

Viking hogback stone, grave, Luss, Loch Lomond

Just up from the church there is this curious bridge which seems to cross a small inlet of Loch Lomond:-

Loch Lomond, Bridge,Church

Loch Lomond Bridge, Luss

near Loch Lomond, Luss, Scotland, trees

In the village itself there’s this cottage with (shallow) cat slide dormer windows:-

Cat Slide Cottage, Luss, Scotland

The Loch Lomond Arms is at the top of the road down to the pier:-

Loch Lomond Arms, Luss

Stonehaven and Dunnottar War Memorial (iv) – World War 2

The names of some World War 2 fields of miltary operations are inscribed on the base of the pillars supprtoing the lintels of Stonehaven War Memorial.

“North Atlantic, Narvik”

Stonehaven War Memorial Second World War Stone

“Dunkirk, Battle of Britain”

Second World War Stone, Stonehaven War Memorial

“El Alamein, Cassino”

War Memorial, Stonehaven, Second World War Stone

“Normandy Beaches, Burma”

Second World War Stone, War Memoria, Stonehaven

The World War 2 dead are commemorated in a series of four granite panels sitting by the Memorial’s pillars. The first is also inscribed with the dedication, “To the memory of those from the District of Stonehaven whose names are inscribed on these panels who lost their lives in the World War 1939 -1945,” as well as the names.

J Fraser Anderson – John Christie:-

Stonehaven War Memorial World War 2 Dedication and Names

William J Christie – James Mc I Findlay:-

Second World War Names, Stonehaven War Memorials

Robert T Foster – George Masson:-

Stonehaven War Memorial, World War 2 Names

William Masson – Alexander R Williamson:-

Second World War Names, Stonehaven War Memorial

Stonehaven and Dunnottar War Memorial (iii) – The Great War

The names of the Great War dead at Stonehaven War Memorial are inscribed on stone panels at the memorial’s centre.

James Adams – Frank Dallas:-

Great War Names, War Memorial, Stonehaven,

David Duncan – John Lennox:-

Stonehaven War Memorial, Great War Names

John Main – James Simpson:-

War Memorial, Stonehaven, Great War Names

James Sinclair – Alex W Youngson:-

First World War Names, War Memorial, Stonehaven.

Stonehaven and Dunnottar War Memorial (ii)

Stonehaven War Memorial interior:-

Wreaths and panel with Great War names, some World War 2 names on smaller panels behind:-

Wreaths and Panel with Great War Names, War Memorial, Stonehaven

The interior of the lintel above the entrance is inscribed, “Erected by the people of Stonehaven and District. A tribute to their dead, 1914 – 1919”:-

Great War Dedication, Stonehaven War Memorial

The other interior lintels of the temple-like memorial are inscribed with the quote, from Donald Hankey‘s A Student in Arms, “One by one death challenged them, one by one they smiled in his grim visage and refused to be dismayed”:-

Part of Lintel Inscription Stonehaven War Memorial

Part of Lintel Inscription, Stonehaven War Memorial

Part of Lintel Inscription, Stonehaven War Memorials

Stonehaven and Dunnottar War Memorial (i)

Stonehaven War Memorial sits prominently on Black Hill to the south of the town and is also visible from Dunnottar Castle. The winding path from the castle takes you towards Stonehaven and partly up Black Hill from where you can access the Memorial grounds.

View of Memorial from path leading from Dunnittar Castle:-

Stonehaven War Memorial from South

Stonehaven from Stonehaven War Memorial:-

Stonehaven from Stonehaven War Memorial

Memorial from west as seen from the road back to Dunnottar Castle:-

Stonehaven War Memorial from West

An information board says the memorial was deliberately designed to look like a ruin to symbolise the lives cut short by the Great War:-

Information Board, Stonehaven War Memorial

Stonehaven War Memorial from north:-

War Memorial, Stonehaven

The external lintels are inscribed with the names of Great War battles, here Jutland, Mons, Ypres:-

Stonehaven War Memorial

From south, Zeebrugge, Gallipoli, Jutland:-

War Memorial, Stonehaven

From southwest, Marne, Zeebrugge:-

Stonehaven War Memorial

From west, Vimy, Somme, Marne:-

War Memorial, Stonehaven

From northwest, Mons, Ypres:-

War Memorial Stonehaven

Dunnottar Castle (iv) – Surroundings

Waterfall by Dunnottar Castle from approach path:-

Waterfall by Dunnottar Castle

Cliffs to south from approach path:-

Cliffs from Path near Dunnottar Castle

Rocks below Dunnottar Castle:-

Dunnottar  Castle rocks

Cliffs to north and sea inlet, from Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven War Memorial on hilltop:-

Cliffs and Sea Inlet from Dunnottar Castle

Stonehaven War Memorial on hill:-

War Memorial from Dunnottar Castle Castle

After our visit to Dunnottar Castle we took a footpath which (eventually) leads to Stonehaven. This afforded more views of the northern cliffs:-

Cliff View  from Dunnottar path

And of the Castle looking back:-

Dunnottar Castle, From Path to Stonehaven

Dunnottar Castle, from North

Dunnottar Castle view

Northern cliffs again:-

Dunnottar Castle, cliffs, Aberdeenshire

Dunnottar Castle (iii)

Cistern in courtyard. This ensured the castle’s water supply:-

Cistern, Dunnottar Castle

Cistern from upper floor of main building:-

Dunnottar Castle Cistern from Upper Floor

Interior (with windows):-

Interior, Dunnottar Castle

Window seat:-

Dunnottar Castle  windowseat

View from a window:-

Window, Dunnottar Castle,

Sundial and Lintel:-

Dunnottar Castle, Sundial and Lintel

Sundial and coat of arms information board:-

Dunnottar Castle, Sundial and Coat of Arms

Fireplace. Inscribed, “In commemoration of the defence of the honours of Scotland Sep 1651 – Aug 1652 by George Ogilvy of Barras, Governor of Dunnottar and of the help given by his wife Elizabeth Douglas and her kinswoman Anne Lindsay.” Scroll down for the story.

Dunnottar Castle chair + Fireplace

Part of Restored Ceiling (Regi et Regno):-

Part of Restored Ceiling, Dunnottar Castle

Restored ceiling (In Defens):-

Dunnottar Castle  restored ceiling 1

Dunnottar Castle (ii)

Castle buildings:-

Dunnottar Castle

Part of Dunnottar Castle

Castle Building, Dunnottar Castle,

Small window in above:-

Small Window, Dunnottar Castle

From sea end of site:-

Dunnottar Castle Interior

Courtyard area from outside its wall:-

Dunnottar Castle , Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Remains of chapel:-

Dunnottar Castle Chapel

Interior of chapel:-

Chapel, Dunnottar Castle,

Remains (with arch; garden area in foreground):-

Part of Dunnottar Castle

Garden area with buildings beyond. (Stonehaven War Memorial on hill in background):-

Dunnottar Castle, Interior Ruins

Buildings (chapel to right):-

Buildings inside Dunnottar Castle

Late afternoon shadows (sea beyond):-

Part of Dunnottar Castle and Sea Beyond

Dunnottar Castle (i)

Dunnottar Castle lies just south of Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. We had been meaning to visit there for some time but it wasn’t till January last year we finally made it.

Dunnottar Castle from approach path:-

Dunnottar Castle from path

Dunnottar Castle from Approach Path

Dunnottar Castle

As luck would have it we visited the National Gallery of Scotland shortly after and saw this stunning painting of the castle by Waller Hugh Paton:

Dunnottar Castle

As you can see it is perfectly situated from a defensive point of view, as it is perched on a rock poking out into the sea.

Castle entrance:-

Dunnottar Castle  entrance

Pattern in Stones on path leading up to castle:-

Pattern in Stones, Dunnottar Castle,

There’s a small tunnel like construction to go through before you reach the interior and the castle buildings:-

Dunnottar Castle from path

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