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David Freeman charts the progress of an ongoing project to restore a magnificent mausoleum built for a fiercely private soldier who went to great lengths to ensure his final resting place would be an imposing building where he could lie in solitary splendour
The mausoleum from the air in 2018, just before restoration began

CLICK HERE to enjoy a video tour of Monteath Mausoleum: Monteath mausoleum

When General Sir Thomas Monteath Douglas died in 1868, his cofin was carried up the natural escarpment of Lilliards Edge in the Scottish borders to a desolate spot known as Gersit Law, where it was interred within a spectacular white limestone mausoleum, under strict instruction that the building was to be ‘locked for all time’. Inside the crypt, two huge carvings of angels guarded the sarcophagus, while pale green light iltered down from the domed roof pierced by 48 glazed stars. The interior had been commissioned by Sir Thomas as a solitary resting place; there was no room for any other occupants.

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About History Scotland

Explore centuries of history and archaeology in the first History Scotland issue of 2019. Inside you’ll find history, archaeology, genealogy and heritage from some of the country’s top experts. Top reasons to read this issue: • Discover the tough reality of life as a Dundee whaler – and why the city’s female population was crucial to the success of the whaling industry • Read about Mary of Guelders – the Stewart queen who used her European connections to succeed in her royal role • See amazing images from the restoration of Monteath Mausoleum • Discover history events around the country during the winter months • Explore a new project to discover what we know – and have yet to discover – about the uses of gold in prehistoric Scotland