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A wreath commemorating the execution of the 1st Marquis of Montrose, laid in front of his statue in the town of Montrose

On Saturday 18th May 2024 members of the Society gathered in the Chepman Aisle, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh for the Annual Dedication led by chairman Robin Bell. This was followed by a visit to Parliament Hall where the 1st Marquis heard of his fate.

Some of the members who attended The Annual General Meeting which took place in The Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh, which was followed by a light lunch.

Dr Robin McCaig, a member of the Heritage & Culture team at St Giles, gave an interesting insight as to what St Giles would have looked like in the 17th century showing illustrations detailing the plans of the Cathedral.

Over two years ago, Montrose’s monument in St Giles was vandalised when a thief attempted to prise the ‘sword’ from his fingers. In his attempt to steal it, he broke off the little finger on Montrose’s right hand. Mr Nic Boyes, Conservator Restorer, replaced the finger using marble from the Carrara Quarry in Italy and gave a fascinating talk on how he made an identical finger to the one that was lost.

Mr Nic Boyes, Dr Robin McCaig & Society chairman, Mr Robin Bell

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