French Napoleonic Prisoners of War

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Reference WMO/266318


Perth Prison

Edinburgh Road



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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Bronze
Lettering: Raised
  • Revolutionary/Napoleonic (1792-1815)
About the memorial: Memorial commemorating the French prisoners who died during their captivity in the Perth depot. It appears to be still in the current prison. The Scotsman 27/9/1930 - MEMORY OF 1812. French War Memorial. The Rt. Hon. William Adamson, M.P., Secretary of State for Scotland, took part in an interesting ceremony at Perth yesterday, when, within H. M. Prison of Perth, he unveiled , a memorial tablet to the French prisoners captured during the Peninsular War who died during their captivity within the building. Fully 6000 French prisoners captured during the Napoleonic Wars were interned in the Perth depot, which was partly built by them in the year 1811. Mr John F. Smith, chairman of the Prison Visiting Committee, presided. The memorial took the form of a bronze tablet let into the wall of the prison, on which the following inscription is cut:— "Near this spot was interred a number of French prisoners of war who died in military captivity at Perth about the year 1815."
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“Near this spot was interned a number of French prisoners of war who died in military capacity at Perth about the year 1812.”

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