The Airlie Monument

The Airlie Monument.
The Airlie Monument.

The Airlie Monument is a familiar landmark on the lower reaches of Glen Prosen and Glen Clova, situated on Tulloch Hill between the two.

It was erected to commemorate the death of Lieutenant-Colonel David William Stanley Ogilvy, the 9th Earl of Airlie, who was killed at the battle of Diamond Hill, near Pretoria in South Africa, on June 11, 1900 while commanding the 12th (Prince of Wales Royal) Lancers.

The sketch of the monument was prepared by the architect Mr T. Martin Cappon F.R.I.B.A., and F.S.A.

It is modelled upon the lines of the old border beacon or warning tower and is Scottish baronial in style, featuring something of the character of the tower at Airlie Castle, one of the family seats.

The base tells the story of the life of the late earl and his military service. In it are placed carved panels representing the arms of the Airlie family, with inscriptions and the badges of the regiments in which the late earl served - the 12th Lancers, 10th Hussars, the Bays, Scots Guards and Hants Yeomanry.

The general aim of the architect in his design was to give a bold and striking effect suggestive of strength and dignity, carrying with it the associations of the House of Airlie, and also commemorating in some degree the distinguished qualities and character of the late Earl both as the chief of his clan and as a gallant soldier.