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Latitude: 55.5337 / 55°32'1"N
Longitude: -2.6151 / 2°36'54"W
OS Eastings: 361275
OS Northings: 626830
OS Grid: NT612268
Mapcode National: GBR B45G.M5
Mapcode Global: WH8Y8.S5XN
Entry Name: Monteath Douglas Mausoleum
Listing Date: 7 November 2007
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 335403
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB4175
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: Jedburgh and District
Traditional County: Roxburghshire
Peddie & Kinnear, 1864. Square-plan, symmetrical, Neo-Byzantine domed mausoleum with 4 Ionic pilasters recessed between channelled quoins supporting semi-circular pediments to each elevation and set into steeply sloping ground with entrance in exposed basement to N. Polished yellow ashlar sandstone; coursed bull-faced sandstone to basement. 3-step base to each elevation; dentilled eaves cornice continuing over pediments.
FURTHER DESCRIPTION: 2-leaf studded and panelled timber door, recessed in deep ashlar architrave at basement; inscribed panel above.
Curved abutments flanking basement wall terminated by plinths supporting recumbent lions, lion to the left awake, lion to right asleep. Douglas coat of arms set into N pediment. Cross-finialled dome pierced with glazed stars.
INTERIOR: ashlar-lined chamber with stone coffin flanked by angels.
The Monteath Douglas Mausoleum is both a striking piece of architecture and a prominent landmark, set on high ground on Gersit Law and can be seen from several miles away in all directions. It is very finely detailed and an excellent example of the work of Peddie & Kinnear at this time. A similar star-studded dome had been used by the practice on the dome of the Royal Bank of Scotland building in Andrew Square, Edinburgh a few years earlier.
The monument was commissioned by General Sir Thomas Monteath Douglas of Stonebyres (died 1868) in the early 1860s. The inscription reads: 'In memory of General Sir Thomas Monteath Douglas KCB of Stonebyres, Lanarkshire, who died XVIII October MDCCCLXVIII'.