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GLENCOE MASSACRE Memorial

A memorial in the form of a Celtic cross erected in the 19th century by Mrs Ellen Burns Macdonald in memory of McIan, chief of the Macdonalds of Glencoe, who was murdered with his people in the infamous Glen Coe massacre of 1692.

Region:
Location/Address: Upper Carnoch
Glencoe
County: Argyll
Post Code: PH49 4HU
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: The massacre at Glen Coe
Tip/Nearby: Glencoe Folk Museum
Primary Management: Unknown
Alloway Auld Kirk

The ruined old church at Alloway dates from the 16th century, though the site could be much older. It is most famous now due to it being featured in Robert Burns' poem 'Tam o' Shanter' (1791), as the place where witches and warlocks gather. The churchyard is fascinating and includes the graves of Burns' father, William Burnes, and sister, Isabella Burns Begg. Combine with a visit to the Robert Burns' Museum, his birthplace, Burns Monument and Brig o' Doon.

Region:
Location/Address: 40 Alloway
County: Ayrshire
Post Code: KA7 4PQ
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Useful Website Address: Burns Museum website (NTS)
Tip/Nearby: The Robert Burns' Museum, the cottage where he was born, the Burns Monument and Brig o' Doon are all within walking distance.
Primary Management: National Trust for Scotland
Burns Monument

Enormous, 70' high, Grecian-style memorial to the poet Robert Burns, erected by subscription in 1823 and surrounded by attractive gardens. Nearby is the Brig o' Doon, Alloway Auld Kirk, Burns' Birthplace Museum and Cottage.

Photo: tormentor4555 via Wikipedia.

Region:
Location/Address: Burns Memorial Gardens
Alloway
County: Ayrshire
Post Code: KA7 4PQ
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Useful Website Address: Burns Museum website (NTS)
Tip/Nearby: Brig o' Doon, Alloway Auld Kirk, Burns' cottage and museum all within walking dostance. Park at museum.
Primary Management: National Trust for Scotland
Turnberry Aviation Memorial

A WW1 airfield was built in 1917 amidst a golf course that was laid out in 1902, with a luxury hotel being built in 1906. The airfield was initially an aerial gunnery school for the Royal Flying Corps, later the Royal Air Force. The RAF left after the war, but RAF Turnberry was reinstated for WW2, this time for coastal command and torpedo training. The hotel was used as a hospital during both wars. The memorial, standing lonely in the golf course, commemorates aircrew from the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA. Park by the entrance to Turnberry Lighthouse and walk across the golf course toward the lighthouse - where you will also find the remains of Robert the Bruce's castle and fabulous views across to Ailsa Craig.

Region:
Location/Address: Maidens Road
Turnberry
County: Ayrshire
Post Code: KA26 9PD
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: Turnberry Lighthouse and Castle, Culzean Castle & Country Park
Primary Management: Unknown
Cambridge American Cemetery

The Cambridge American Cemetery commemorates almost 9,000 Americans who died while based in the UK, or travelling here, during the Second World War. It is the only World War II American military cemetery in the United Kingdom. The site was established as a temporary military burial ground in 1943, on land donated by the University of Cambridge, and has been granted free use in perpetuity by HM Government. It was dedicated in 1956, covers 30.5 acres and lies on a gentle slope overlooking farmland. Simple, white marble, headstones – mostly crosses – mark the resting place of 3,811 of America’s war dead - the missing are listed on large panels. There is a fascinating, and moving, visitor centre as well as an impressive memorial building.

Location/Address: Madingley Road
Coton
County: Cambridgeshire
Post Code: CB23 7PH
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: The Cambridge American Cemetery
Tip/Nearby: Just outside Cambridge
Primary Management: Other
TATTON PARK PARACHUTE MEMORIAL

A memorial in the grounds of Tatton Park commemorates No 1 Parachute Training School, based at Ringway Airport, now Manchester Airport, during WW2. Tatton Park was used as a drop zone. The inscription reads: “THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR TATTON PARK WAS THE DROPPING ZONE FOR N0.1 PARACHUTE TRAINING SCHOOL, RINGWAY. THIS STONE IS SET IN HONOUR OF THOSE THOUSANDS FROM MANY LANDS WHO DESCENDED HERE IN THE COURSE OF TRAINING, GIVEN OR RECEIVED, FOR PARACHUTE SERVICE WITH THE ALLIED FORCES IN EVERY THEATRE OF WAR" Among those who trained here were agents of the Special Operations Executive, who parachuted into enemy-occupied Europe.

Location/Address: Tatton Park
County: Cheshire
Post Code: WA16 6QN
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: A bit about Special Operations Executive
Useful Website Address: Tatton Park's website
Tip/Nearby: Memorial is in the deer park, north-west of the house.
Primary Management: Local Authority
ELEVEN O ONE

9 foot high steel statue by Ray Lonsdale depicting a British soldier immediately after hearing the news of the Armistice at 11 o'clock on 11th November 1918.  Also known as 'Tommy', the nickname for British troops everywhere since the 18th century, the town of Seaham raised the necessary money to keep him.

Location/Address: Terrace Green
Seaham
County: Co Durham
Post Code: SR7 7EZ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Eleven O One
Primary Management: Local Authority
The Rebel Tree in Clifton

The Battle of Clifton Moor took place on 18 December 1745 and was, many believe, the last battle on English soil. It depends on your definition of ‘battle’. The rumpus at Clifton Moor was more of a skirmish and formed part of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, which culminated in the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The rebel Jacobite army was retreating from Derby and its rearguard met up with an advance part of the Government army that was in pursuit. 10 Government troops were killed and 12 rebels. The action delayed the Government force and facilitated the Jacobite retreat. There are a number of points of interest in the village of Clifton. Firstly, the Rebel Tree in the south part of the village marks the possible site of the fighting and is the traditional burial place of the Jacobites. There is a small plaque underneath the tree which, until fairly recently, was surrounded by fields; it is now surrounded by a small residential estate. Across the road, opposite the George and Dragon pub, is the Kelter Well – an old village well where someone has placed another memorial plaque to the battle. A memorial stone in St Cuthbert’s churchyard (north end of the village) marks the burial place of the Government soldiers. The cottage where the Duke of Cumberland spent the night is still there.

Location/Address: Clifton
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA10 2ER
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Tip/Nearby: St Cuthbert's Church and Clifton Hall, both in the village. Eamont Bridge has prehistoric remains. Brougham Castle and Penrith nearby also.
Primary Management: Local Authority
COUNTESS PILLAR

Interesting monument erected in 1656 by the redoubtable Lady Anne Clifford to commemorate her final parting with her mother in 1616. There's an adjacent stone where money was left for the poor on each anniversary.

The monument is on the west-bound carriageway of the A66 where it is impossible to stop. Take the turning off the A66 to Brougham Castle, park on an unused section of old road and walk east along a path.

Location/Address: A66
Brougham
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA10 2AB
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: The Countess Pillar
Tip/Nearby: Brougham Castle, Clifton Hall, Eamont Bridge, Acorn Bank
Primary Management: English Heritage
EDWARD I MEMORIAL, Burgh by Sands

Large and lonely memorial to King Edward I of England, who died near here on Solway Plain on 7th July 1307, en route to invade Scotland - again.

Post code is for the village church. Walk from there or take a minor road north toward the Solway, park on a small piece of waste ground and complete your visit on foot across soggy paths/fields.

Location/Address: 1.25 miles NNW of Burgh by Sands
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA5 6AW
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: Memorial to Edward I
Tip/Nearby: Hadrian's wall runs through the village. Visit St Michael's church.
Primary Management: Local Authority
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