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Duthie Park, Gordon Highlanders Obelisk Memorial

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1314 / 57°7'52"N

Longitude: -2.1069 / 2°6'25"W

OS Eastings: 393624

OS Northings: 804500

OS Grid: NJ936045

Mapcode National: GBR SB6.GV

Mapcode Global: WH9QX.L0XV

Entry Name: Duthie Park, Gordon Highlanders Obelisk Memorial

Listing Date: 29 February 2000

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394139

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46783

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Torry/Ferryhill

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Dated 1898. Grey granite triangular obelisk memorial to Gordon Highlanders. Tooled plinth narrowing to corniced obelisk, Gordon Highlanders crest to each elevation, including "Bydand" (their motto "stand fast"), surmounted by grotesque masks.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Duthie Park Bandstand, Bowling Pavilion, East Lodge, Gates, Gatepiers and Boundary Walls, Footbridge over Upper Lake, Fountain, Fountainhall Cistern House, Gordon Highlanders Celtic Memorial, Hygeia Statue, McGrigor Obelisk, Taylor Well, and Temperance Drinking Fountain (see separate listings). The site of the Duthie Park was originally a marshy piece of land covered in gorse (or whin, hence the nearby "Whinhill Road), it was known as Pulmoor, now "Polmuir". In 1850 Arthurseat (the villa on the site) and its surrounding land was intended to be developed as a Royal Garden to view the trains crossing the new viaduct to and from London via Ferryhill. However, in 1881 Miss Charlotte Duthie of Ruthrieston purchased the site and gifted it to the City of Aberdeen for a public park. It was decided it should be "available for all classes of citizens, that it should have a broad expanse of grassy sward upon which the young might indulge in innocent frolic and play..." (Duthie Park, p37). The park was designed by William R McKelvie of Dundee, and the first sod, of the 47 acres of land, was cut on the 27th of August 1881, the park being officially opened in 1883. The Gordon Highlanders Monument is one of two in the Duthie Park. This memorial was built in memory of those who died serving in India between January 1892 and November 1898.

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