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Water Fountain, The Square, Aberfeldy

A Category C Listed Building in Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.6192 / 56°37'9"N

Longitude: -3.8649 / 3°51'53"W

OS Eastings: 285659

OS Northings: 749041

OS Grid: NN856490

Mapcode National: GBR JCT7.49Z

Mapcode Global: WH4LQ.LWSH

Plus Code: 9C8RJ49P+M2

Entry Name: Water Fountain, The Square, Aberfeldy

Listing Name: The Square, Water Fountain

Listing Date: 5 August 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396350

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48872

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberfeldy

County: Perth and Kinross

Town: Aberfeldy

Electoral Ward: Highland

Traditional County: Perthshire

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Dated 1885. Small domed, baldacchino-style cast-iron memorial fountain. Fountainhead enclosing circular basin (now infilled with plants) with centre stylised flower stem supporting heron or stork Heavily decorated fountainhead with winged heraldic beasts at angles; medallions bearing coat-of-arms to N & S faces, heron or stork to E and inscription (see Notes) to W; dome surmounted by crown finial.

Statement of Interest

Probably a Sir Walter Macfarlane casting from the Saracen Foundry, Glasgow or from Glenfield & Kennedy of Kilmarnock. The medallion inscription reads "THIS FOUNTAIN WAS ERECTED AND VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS MADE TO THE TOWN OF ABERFELDY BY GAVIN, MARQUIS OF BREADALBANE AS A MEMENTO OF THE CORDIAL RECEPTION ACCORDED TO HIM & LADY BREADALBANE BY THE INHABITANTS ON THEIR FIRST VISIT AFTER THE RESTORATION OF THE MARQUISATE JULY 1885". Mackay records a metal drinking fountain located within Victoria Park, Taybridge Terrace, he continues "It was erected in the centre of The Square, where it stood, crowned with a stone lamp, for a number of years till, proving an obstruction to traffic, it was removed". Subsequently it was re-erected, minus the lamp, on its present site. Gavin, the third Marquis, had to fight for the title and ineritance. His Marchioness was Alma Graham daughter of the Duke of Montrose.

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