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Murray's Monument

Murray's Monument
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Murray's Monument

A tall stone obelisk in honour of classical scholar and linguist Alexander Murray (1775 - 1813), Murray's Monument lies on a little summit adjacent to the Queen's Way (A712 road) within the Galloway Forest Park, a mile (1.5 km) west of the Dunkitterick Cottage where Murray was born, the son of a local shepherd. He went on to become Professor of Oriental Languages at the University of Edinburgh in 1812 but died in the following year aged 37. Constructed in 1835, the monument is accessed via a steep path from the road, which can also reach the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall. The site of the monument offers fine views up and down the valley of the Palnure Burn.

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