Brechin Crimean War Memorial Gun )Lost)

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Reference WMO/270602


Brechin Cemetery

Southesk Street




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Status: Lost/missing
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other monument
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • Crimean War (1853-1856)
About the memorial: Crimean cannon set on stone plinth. The gun, one of those captured at the fall of Sebastopol, was presented to Brechin in 1857 by the second Lord Panmure (who served as Secretary of State for War 1855-1858) after the Crimean War. The cannon was to be a memorial to Lord Panmure's younger brother, the Hon. Lauderdale Maule, a Lieutenant Colonel in the 79th Highlanders who, while serving in the Crimea, died of cholera at Varna in 1851. It also commemorated other men from Brechin who died in the same conflict. A local subscription raised funds to construct a new carriage for the gun and it was placed on a stone plinth at the entrance to the new cemetery (opened in 1857). The names of those commemorated were inscribed around the edge of the plinth. It remained there until 1940 when the cannon and carriage were sent for scrap as part of the ‘war effort’. The plinth also appears to be lost as it is no longer at the original location.
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