General Sir David Baird

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Reference WMO268329

Address:

Tom O'Chaisteil Hilltop

4km west of Crieff

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Obelisk
Materials:
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Colonial India
  • Revolutionary/Napoleonic (1792-1815)
About the memorial: Tall tapering granite obelisk with a main dedication plaque and 3 subsidiary plaques. There is a car park on the south side of Taylor Park in Crieff. Cross the bridge over Turret Burn and immediately turn left at the signpost for 'Lady Mary's Walk'. The walk continues down a dismantled railway line following the River Earn. After about 3 kms you will see the high hillock topped with the stone needle - Sir David Baird's Monument. Full set of photos on the links. Could technically be rejected as a war memorial as he died peacefully after a distinguished career but worth recording as a memorial which deserves to be properly maintained in future.
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Tablet 1-IN HONOUR AND TO THE MEMORY OF/GENERAL SIR DAVID BAIRD/BART. G.C.B. & K.C./THIS COLUMN WAS ERECTED/A.D. 1832/TO INDOMITABLE COURAGE IN THE FIELD/HE UNITED/WISDOM AND PRUDENCE/IN THE COUNCIL/A BRAVE BUT GENEROUS ENEMY/HIS VICTORIES WERE EVER TENDERED BY MERCY/AND WITH HIS ARDENT LOVE OF GLORY/WAS BLENDED/THE TENDEREST CARE FOR HIS GALLANT AND DEVOTED FOLLOWERS/THE DETAILS OF HIS PUBLIC SERVICES ARE RECORDED/IN THE ANNALS OF HIS COUNTRY/HIS PRIVATE VIRTUES ARE EMBALMED IN THE HEARTS OF HIS FRIENDS/HONOUR AND VIRTUE WERE THE GUIDING STARS OF HIS DESTINY/PIETY AND CHARITY THE LEADING CHARACTERISTICS OF HIS MIND/HE FELT NO JEALOUSIES, HE HARBOURED NO RESENTMENTS/HE KNEW NO GUILE/IN THE LAND OF HIS FATHERS/HE AT LAST FOUND/REPOSE AND HAPPINESS IN DOMESTIC LIFE/FORGETTING THE CARES AND TURMOILS OF HIS EVENTFUL & BRILLIANT CAREER/AND IN THE EXERCISE OF EVERY SOCIAL AND CHRISTIAN VIRTUE/HE DIED BELOVED AND LAMENTED/AS HE HAD LIVED/HONOURED AND RENOWNED Tablet 2-TO COMMEMORATE/THE MARCH OF THE ANGOL-INDIAN ARMY/ACROSS THE GREAT DESERT/FROM KOSSEIR/TO/ALEXANDRIA/1801 Tablet 3-SERINGAPATAM/TAKEN BY STORM/4TH MAY/1799y Tablet 4-CAPE OF GOOD HOPE/CAPTURED/JAN 8TH/1806/CORUNA/JAN 16TH/1808

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