There Was No Need Of Celtic Cross
Or Sculptors Art for Me
To Wake Membrance of the Past
Or Turn My Thoughts To Thee…
The text above is from Priscilla McLaren for her husband Duncan McLaren upon the memorial overlooking Loch Awe. The memorial sits at the mouth of Inverstrae, upon the footings of a longhouse, where he stayed for two years when a boy: ‘He was born poor, and never forgot or strove to conceal the fact’ (Mackie 1888 v1, 8).
Priscilla McLaren was founder of the Scottish division of the National Society for Women’s Suffrage. Duncan McLaren was a liberal reformer who was elected Lord Provost of Edinburgh and then served as MP for Edinburgh. Further details of Priscilla McLaren (1815 – 1906) and Duncan McLaren (1800-1886) can be found via archives hub. The engraving of the McLaren monument is from the 1888 ‘The Life and Work of Duncan McLaren’ by John Beveridge Mackie, which can be found at Archive Org.
The McLaren monument is an exquisite piece of sculpture but is clearly deteriorating with conservation management issues. It was produced by Mitchell Wilson architects of Edinburgh and made by W Beveridge, Sculptor, Edinburgh, probably at a workshop on Dalry Road just before 1900.