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Latitude: 56.1341 / 56°8'2"N
Longitude: -5.0247 / 5°1'28"W
OS Eastings: 212138
OS Northings: 697608
OS Grid: NS121976
Mapcode National: GBR 01.KK67
Mapcode Global: WH1K8.S2HV
Entry Name: Invernoaden, Lauder Memorial
Listing Date: 4 May 2006
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 398514
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50467
Building Class: Cultural
County: Argyll and Bute
Electoral Ward: Cowal
Traditional County: Argyllshire
Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority
The Lauder Memorial, erected by Harry Lauder in memory of his son John, killed in action in 1916, is set on a steep knoll S of Invernoaden. The memorial is recognised for both its artistic value as an example of memorial art and for its connection to Lauder, Scotland's premier entertainer in the first half of the 20th century, who owned nearby Glenbranter estate.
The memorial consists of the principal and two secondary memorials, set on the top of the knoll, surrounded by ornate cast iron railings. The principal memorial consists of a large square block of masonry, squared whin and rusticated red sandstone dressings, on a plinth of 4 steps, with an overhanging pyramidal cap. The plaque and inscription are on the SW side and in 3 stages. Stone corbels support a wide plinth, with a short inscription. Above this is a pair of winged victory and a second female figure flanking the principal inscription and gazing upward at a pediment plaque depicting a low-relief bust of John Lauder in uniform in a roundel.
To the N the 2 further memorials are to Ann Vallance, Harry Lauder's wife and her parents. Both are granite Celtic crosses with incised knotwork
Harry Lauder bought Glenbranter estate just before the outbreak of war in 1914. The estate included Invernoaden Farm which Lauder had rebuilt to house his son John and his wife (Lauder, 1928, 216). However, in 1916 Captain John Lauder was killed by 'friendly fire' while serving in France with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Lauder and his wife resolved to erect a monument in this 'much-loved place' with views of both Glenbranter and Invernoaden.
The memorial was designed by Henry Vallance and executed by Samuel Rose Cameron, principally a sculptor of portrait and religious subjects in marble and bronze. It was erected in 1921.
The memorial appears to have been built on a Dun, little of which now remains (RCAHMS, 1988, 166-7).
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