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War Memorial, North Ronaldsay

A Category C Listed Building in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.3691 / 59°22'8"N

Longitude: -2.4276 / 2°25'39"W

OS Eastings: 375795

OS Northings: 1053721

OS Grid: HY757537

Mapcode National: GBR N3CZ.2LJ

Mapcode Global: XH9S1.QRGW

Plus Code: 9CFV9H9C+JX

Entry Name: War Memorial, North Ronaldsay

Listing Name: North Ronaldsay, War Memorial

Listing Date: 27 September 2004

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397706

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49985

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Cross and Burness

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Parish: Cross And Burness

Traditional County: Orkney

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War memorial erected circa 1920 in memory of the North Ronaldsay men who lost their lives to the First World War. Tall Celtic cross of polished granite on stepped plinths engraved with the names of the men who died in both the First and Second World Wars. The cross shaft and face is decorated with carved Celtic design. Low rubble wall with coping stands to rear (S) of memorial framing the apex of the triangular-shaped ground upon which the monument stands. Low bollards with chains attached enclose the site.

The positioning of the memorial is significant; it sits in the centre of the island at the junction of roads and at the apex of a triangular-shaped field. Presumably the choice of memorial was also of significance as the tall cross standing proud against the low-lying landscape.

Statement of Interest

The erection of the memorial was supervised by 2 veterans of the War, John Tulloch of Upper Linnay who served at sea and whose brother died in 1918, and by Peter Swanney of North Gravity who fought in the trenches in France. Both were masons and were responsible for building the back wall of the memorial.

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