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Lauder Memorial, Invernoaden

A Category C Listed Building in Strachur, Argyll and Bute

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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

Plus Code: 9C8P4XMG+J4

Entry Name: Lauder Memorial, Invernoaden

Listing Name: Invernoaden, Lauder Memorial

Listing Date: 4 May 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398514

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50467

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Strachur

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Cowal

Parish: Strachur

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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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

Statement of Interest

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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