Fearnan Cairn (or Fernan)

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Cairn
  • Rock/Rough Stone Rock/Rough Stone
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: The cairn is at a road junction for the turning to Fortingall. Tapering cairn with a dedicatory tablet, bearing Celtic decoration to top and left edges, on front face. **NOTE that the village is called Fearnan, not withstanding that the memorial is clearly inscribed Fernan**. PERTHSHIRE ADVERTISER: 28.08.1920 FEARNAN War Memorial Unveiled by Marchioness of Breadalbane The memorial erected to the fallen heroes of this district was unveiled on Saturday last. It is erected at Tighanloan at the junction of Kenmore and Fortingall Roads, and is a rustic cairn circular in shape rising to a height of 14 feet, built of native stone. Service was held in the schoolhouse, at which the Rev. W.A. Gillies and Rev. J.B. Atholl Gordon officiated, then a procession was formed headed by a piper playing laments, school children, comrades of the war and the public. Mr Campbell, Borland, who introduced Lady Breadalbane, referred to the great number of village boys who enlisted, a third of these made the supreme sacrifice. Lady Breadalbane said that a great many of these memorials were put up along our quiet country villages and glens, which showed the spirit and patriotism of the people, and would always remind us as we pass along this road of those who gave their lives for us. May we, therefore, never forget them. The monument was then unveiled. The tablet, which is of Aberdeen granite, with letters in lead, bears the following names:- Pte. Peter Mathieson, Black Watch; Pte. James Dewar, Scots Guards; Pte. Duncan Fraser, Scots Guards; Pte. Malcolm Fraser, Scots Greys; Pte. Duncan M'Phail, Scots Guards; Dvr. John Fraser, R.F.A.; Pte. Hugh Cowan, R.S.F.; Cpl. Duncan Mathieson, H.L.I. Afterwards the 66th Paraphrase was sung, the Benediction pronounced, the bugler sounded the 'Last Post', and then a number of beautiful wreaths were placed on the monument. At the schoolhouse the flag was displayed at half-mast. A vote of thanks to lady Breadalbane was proposed by Mr Donald Fraser, to which her Ladyship replied. The architect for the monument is Mr Shepphard, of Mills & Shepphard, Dundee.
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