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Waterloo Monument

A distinctive landmark at the summit of Peniel Heuch in the SE Scottish Borders, 3¾ miles (6 km) north of Jedburgh, the Waterloo Monument is actually the second monument on this site. Both were initiatives of William Kerr, 6th Marquess of Lothian (1763 - 1824), who had a home at Monteviot a mile (1.5 km) to the south. The first was the work of William Burn (1789 - 1870) and was built to honour various of Wellington's victories before Waterloo, a battle which had taken place only days before the monument was dedicated on 30th June 1815. However, it collapsed the following year. The replacement was designed by Archibald Elliot (1761 - 1823) and constructed between 1817 and 1824. This sandstone tower is 56m (187 feet) in height and has a platform at a height of 45.7m (150 feet) which is accessed by a spiral straircase. The monument is not open to the public.


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