NS4076 : Memorial fountain (detail)

taken 7 years ago, near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Memorial fountain (detail)
Memorial fountain (detail)
This photograph is a close-up view of the fountain that is shown in NS4076 : Memorial fountain; these details are indistinct unless, as in this case, the angle of the sun's illumination is favourable.

The motto appears to read "Fide Fortuna Fortes". The elephant with the "castle" (or tower) on its back features in the Dumbarton arms, which "were registered in the Lyon Office in or about AD 1672. This was the year in which was passed the important Act which confers on the Lyon King of Arms the right to grant arms to 'virtuous and well-deserving persons'"; specifically, the Dumbarton arms are described as follows: "Azure, an elephant passant argent, tusked or, bearing on his back a tower proper".

(See NS3974 : War memorial detail for another representation.)

Their origin is obscure. They are said to "appear upon the burgh seal appended to the document relating to the ransom of David II, son of Robert the Bruce, at the end of his eleven years of captivity dating from the battle of Neville's Cross", that document being dated 1357.

[The above details about the Dumbarton arms are from "The Dumbarton coat-of-arms" (1909), by Archibald Macdonald.]
Dumbarton Cemetery
The cemetery was formally opened on the 4th of October, 1854, replacing the overcrowded parish churchyard. See the Geograph article "Dumbarton Cemetery" LinkExternal link for a detailed discussion. For biographies of many of those buried here, and for descriptions of their memorials, see Donald MacLeod's "The God's Acres of Dumbarton" (1888), and the same author's "Dumbarton: Its Recent Men and Events" (1898). By 2010, there was concern that Dumbarton Cemetery would run out of space within a decade; New Dumbarton Cemetery LinkExternal link was subsequently created uphill from the existing cemetery, and opened at the end of December 2015.
Memorial fountain
The fountain, erected by the London-Dumbartonshire Association, stands in Dumbarton Cemetery, and was intended to serve as a war memorial.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 1 May, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 13 May, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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Sculptor (from Tags)
Hew Lorimer 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4093 7620 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.1449N 4:32.9520W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4093 7620
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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