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James Bruce Monument, 30m SSW of Larbert Old Church

A Scheduled Monument in Bonnybridge and Larbert, Falkirk

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Latitude: 56.0189 / 56°1'7"N

Longitude: -3.8373 / 3°50'14"W

OS Eastings: 285567

OS Northings: 682183

OS Grid: NS855821

Mapcode National: GBR 1H.SV6L

Mapcode Global: WH5QS.0ZZ7

Entry Name: James Bruce Monument, 30m SSW of Larbert Old Church

Scheduled Date: 4 March 1969

Last Amended: 9 January 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2794

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: barn

Location: Larbert

County: Falkirk

Electoral Ward: Bonnybridge and Larbert

Traditional County: Stirlingshire


The monument comprises an iron obelisk, once painted to resemble stone, dating from the late 18th century. It commemorates the life of the explorer James Bruce of Kinnaird (d.1794) and his wife Mary (d.1785). Other family epitaphs have been inscribed at later dates. A rectangular block forms the base of the monument, above which the obelisk rises from four lions. Each of the four faces bears a medallion showing a representation of a female figure in relief, those on the N and S being identified by the accompanying Greek inscription as 'Hope'. The monument is topped by an elaborate classical lamp.

The monument was first scheduled in 1969 but was removed from Larbert Old Church graveyard in 1979 for cleaning and subsequently re-erected at the edge of Larbert Old Church car park.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of 5m in diameter centred on the centre of the monument, to include the monument and an area around it (to safeguard it from accidental damage) as marked in red on the accompanying map. Excluded from the scheduling is the top 30cm of the car park surface, to allow for its maintenance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a fine example of a late 18th-century iron obelisk which has the potential to add to our knowledge of the applications of cast metal technology and the typology of monumental design.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland




RCAHMS (1963) Stirlingshire. An Inventory of Ancient Monuments, Vol. 1, 157.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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