NS3882 : South lodge: crest detail

taken 6 years ago, near to Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

South lodge: crest detail
South lodge: crest detail
This detail appears on the south-western side of the building, the side nearest Old Luss Road. In a view of the whole building NS3882 : South Lodge of Cameron House the position of this detail is above the windscreen of the darker parked car.

Several other details on the lodge are linked to the Smollett family, and this one appeared to be a visual representation of the family's Latin motto "adhuc viresco" (meaning "I am yet growing green", i.e., putting forth fresh growth).

In fact, this symbol turns out to be the Smollett crest, which is said (according to one source) to be "the stump of an oak tree shooting out young branches" (see the Debrett's reference given at NS3882 : South lodge: monogram above door). Compare NS3882 : South lodge: coat of arms above window.

Note, though, that there were, in 1860, the remains of an ancient ash tree at Place of Bonhill, surrounded by iron railings. The OS Name Books state that Alexander Smollett's crest represented that ash tree, which was said to be 600 years old, and to have had a circumference, when entire, of about 30 feet.

Much more is said about that ash tree, and about another large one that stood in Bonhill kirkyard, at NS3979 : Mausoleum of the Dennistoun Browns of Balloch Castle.
The south lodge of Cameron House
According to its listed building report, the lodge is probably the work of John Burnet. A date stone identifies it as having been built in 1882. Various details on the lodge indicate an association with the Smollett family.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 1 January, 2013   (more nearby)
Saturday, 12 January, 2013
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Housing, Dwellings 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3806 8208 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:0.2539N 4:35.9191W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3806 8208
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