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Lews Castle, Matheson Memorial

A Category B Listed Building in Steòrnabhagh a Tuath, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.209 / 58°12'32"N

Longitude: -6.397 / 6°23'49"W

OS Eastings: 141818

OS Northings: 932903

OS Grid: NB418329

Mapcode National: GBR B7L1.2P0

Mapcode Global: WGY2Y.QX0R

Entry Name: Lews Castle, Matheson Memorial

Listing Date: 25 March 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 353508

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB19207

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Stornoway

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Steòrnabhagh a Tuath

Traditional County: Ross-shire

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Description

Inscription "A Viegl/Mentone" (ie France). Erected 1880. Memorial to Sir James Matheson (1796-1878), owner of Lewis since 1844, and builder of Lews Castle. French Renaissance; marble; baldacchino with round-arched openings, engaged Corinthian column at each angle, raised on pedestal; leaded dome. Underneath, a white marble pedestal, inscribed, empty elliptical panel presumably contained a bronze. Inscriptions:

a. "To his memory this monument is erected by his widow, July 1880".

b. "Sir James Matheson/born at Shiness November 17th 1796/married at Edinburgh November 9th 1843/died at Mentone, France, December 31st 1878". c. "In life a consistent Christian possessed of those Social virtues conducive to the happiness of others, and truly has it been said of him that he was a child of God living evidently under the influence of his holy spirit".

d. Also memorial to Mary Jane Matheson "who during her husband's life aided him in the benevolent and philanthropic works carried out for the benefit of the island of the Lews and its inhabitants".

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