NS2676 : Memorial to James McLean

taken 7 years ago, near to Greenock, Inverclyde, Great Britain

Memorial to James McLean
Memorial to James McLean
The memorial on the right is that of the merchant James McLean, who is also commemorated in the name of the NS2776 : McLean Museum & Art Gallery, which is located in the same block as the NS2776 : Watt Monument Library.

Presumably there was originally something set in the niche on the front of the memorial. The inscription reads as follows:

"In memory of James McLean, merchant, Greenock, born 17th April 1802, died 2nd January 1877, founder of the McLean Museum and Lecture Hall, Watt Institute, Greenock; also his wife, Catherine Campbell, born 26th July 1806, died 25th September 1892."

James McLean was a timber merchant. R.M.Smith, in his 1921 "History of Greenock", describes the erection of the Watt Institute, containing Greenock's original library (today known as the Watt Monument Library). He goes on to write that:

"In 1876, through the munificence of Mr. James McLean, sawmiller, a building similar in architectural design, intended to provide a museum and lecture hall, was erected on the Watt Monument ground at a cost of 6400."

"After enlarging the Watt Institution and Monument, Mr. McLean, on his death in 1877, left the free residue of his estate, heritable and movable, to his trustees, 'to be used for the instruction and improvement of the inhabitants of my native town, and the further furnishing of the said building, and providing lectures on scientific, philosophical, literary, and other improving subjects, and providing a stock of suitable objects for the museum and works of permanent value for the library, and aiding in the maintenance and support of the said institution in other respects in a state of efficiency.'"

"There is a marble bust of Mr. McLean in the museum and a portrait in oils in the Watt Hall."

This is location № 34 on the Red Walk in the "Greenock Cemetery Walks" booklet (see the end-note).
Greenock Cemetery
The cemetery, which is laid out on Bow Hill, opened in 1846. For detailed information, see the Geograph article "Greenock Cemetery" Link and, for a map and useful guide, the booklet "Greenock Cemetery Walks" LinkExternal link (PDF) produced by East End Advisory (funded by Inverclyde Council); the PDF link works, as of January 2016.
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Monday, 18 June, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 30 June, 2012
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2656 7617 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.8303N 4:46.7421W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2656 7616
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