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New memorial by Kirriemuir

The Trust is delighted to have been able to support a plan to replace a memorial to Scott and Wilson in rural Scotland.

During the planning time of the Terra Nova expedition, Edward Wilson was employed by the government to conduct a study into grouse; and in order to help him his publisher, Reginald Smith, offered the use of Burnside Lodge in Glen Prosen. Wilson spent many months based in the Lodge conducting his studies and was joined on an unconfirmed number of occasions by Capt Scott. Part of their time at the Lodge was spent going over the finer details of the expedition and also in testing some of the equipment for the expedition itself. After the deaths of the Polar party and the later death of Reginald Smith, his widow built a Memorial Fountain in 1919, in Glen Prosen at a point known locally as “Scott’s View,” due to Scott’s admiration of the scenery there.

The inscription in the centre of the Fountain read, “Given into the care of the people of Cortachy for them to hold in remembrance. Robert Falcon Scott and Edward Adrian Wilson who knew this glen: they reached the South Pole on 17th January 1912 and died together on the Great Ice Barrier March 1912. For the journey is done and the summit attained and the barriers fall.” Sadly the Fountain was destroyed in a car accident in 1979, although it was replaced by a Memorial Cairn, erected by the landowner, the Earl of Airlie, in 1981. The cairn included the original plaque in the centre.

Now on the centenary of Scott’s and Wilson’s deaths Kirriemuir Landward East Community Council has raised the funds to build a fitting replacement. The stone valued at around £20,000 (around 40 tonnes of granite) has been gifted by Breedon Aggregates of Craigenlow Quarry in Aberdeenshire.  It emerged in this state from the quarry on 17th January - exactly 100 years since Scott and his companions reached the South Pole. Additional costs have been covered by a combination of private donations, local support and grants from the Angus Environmental Trust and UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.