Duke of Gordon's Monument

On top of Lady Hill, which rises to the southwest of Elgin and was once the site of Elgin Castle, is a 24m high (80 feet) monument erected in 1839 in honour of George Gordon, 5th Duke of Gordon (1770 - 1836), who was the first Commander of the Gordon Highlanders regiment. The monument comprises a simple Doric column, on a square plinth, and rises to 24m (80 feet) in height. It was the work of William Burn (1789 - 1870). A statue of the Duke wearing the robes of Chancellor of Marischal College, Aberdeen, was placed on the pillar in 1855. This statue was designed by Alexander Handyside Ritchie (1804-70) and carved by a local sculptor, Thomas Goodwillie. The monument is now A-listed. From the top of the hill are views across Elgin to the Cairngorms and at the base of the hill lies Anderson's Institution.

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