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Today, I decided to hunt down another ‘Greek’ Thomson design, this time the McIntyre Monument located in Cathcart Old Churchyard, Glasgow. This is a somewhat incredible and eerie place comprising a derelict church surrounded by some fascinating graves and memorials which are redolent of the Glasgow Necropolis. Depending the light, this a great place for photography.

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Here is a view of the church spire behind a chapel type memorial. I could not find an inscription on the latter.


Here are three images of Thomson’s McIntyre Monument. This was commissioned by Thomson’s friend, the builder John McIntyre, for his son’s grave, and a powerful composition with a sarcophagus on the base of cyclopaean masonry. Condition is “OK” with evidence of graffiti.




Here is another view of the circular, chapel type memorial.It reminds me of the Douglas Monteith Mausoleum in the Necropolis which was based on the Knights Templar Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem.

This a memorial to certain Covenanters who died for their beliefs. Within a week or so I hope to have a briefing note on the Covenanters on the History page of my main website.

Another mausoleum now partly covered in graffiti.


View of church remains.
Another view of the mausoleum mentioned above.

Another church view.

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Today, I went off to investigate nearby Pollock House, a heritage property owned by The National Trust for Scotland. The house dates from 1747 and was built by the Maxwell family. Photographs are not permitted of the interior but there is much art and antiques to admire.There is also an award winning restaurant where I sampled tea and a scone-very well done!

Here is an image taken in the grounds which I call ‘autumn reflections’;


Here is an image of the front of the house which faces the river.


Side view with stunning garden

Main entrance

In the nearby park is a herd of Highland Cattle. Here is one gentleman not to be tangled with!

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On the boat to Staffa
Medieval grave markers at Kilmartin Church



Prehistoric burial at Kilmartin Glen

Inside tomb at Kilmartin Glen. Grave slab has cup markings.

Kilmartin Glen burial site

Ancient rock carvings at Achnabreck

Female deer (hind) takes an afternoon stroll at Lochranza, Arran

Tour guide at Arran Distillery

Stag on road near Lochranza, Arran

Your tour guide at Druid’s Stone, Arran

Sheila and Stu at the Druid’s Stone

View of Holy Isle from Arran

Finding elusive stone circle between Brodick and Lamlash, Arran



Early morning view of Goat Fell, Arran



Inside Great Hall at Stirling Castle

External view of Great Hall, Stirling Castle


View from Stirling Castle to Wallace Monument


Another view of the Wallace Monument with Ochills


Watching salmon leaping up River Braan from Ossian’s Hall


Tree silhouetted in the sun at Ossian’s Hall

Afternoon view at Acharn Burn

Exhaustion on reaching the stone circle overlooking Loch Tay!!


Another view of the stone circle high up on the hill.



Falls of Acharn
A rare unicorn sheep, near Acharn


Kenmore Hotel, North end of Loch Tay


Church at Kenmore in the fall.


Rock Art on Ben Lawers.

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