NN6308 : Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Cairn

taken 4 years ago, near to Callander, Stirling, Great Britain

Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Cairn
Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Cairn
The cairn stands on the top of Callander Craig, and is shown, in whole or in part, in some earlier pictures by other contributors: NN6308 : Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Cairn, Callander / NN6308 : Memorial cairn / NN6308 : Callander Craig. The first of those links provides information about the cairn's past refurbishment. For a picture from another angle, taken on the same occasion as the present view, see NN6308 : Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Cairn.

As its inscription states, the cairn was built in 1897 by Malcolm Ferguson (a smaller metal plaque installed below the main inscription also mentions the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth in 2012).

The following information about Malcolm Ferguson is drawn in part from "The Celtic Monthly" (subtitled "A Magazine For Highlanders"), No. 5, Vol I (February 1893), which provides much more biographical detail than is given below. The article does not describe the appearance of the various cairns that are mentioned, so I have added a description of them. The article is accompanied by a drawing, which is a full-length portrait of Mr Ferguson.

Malcolm Ferguson was born at Morenish (NN5935) near Killin. He was educated at Morenish and then Killin, and worked as a tutor after leaving school, before joining the Glasgow firm John Brown & Co., in which he held the position of head storekeeper. He later went into business on his own account, founding his own firm, Malcolm Ferguson & Co., Glasgow.

Malcolm Ferguson was also the author of several volumes describing his travels in Scotland.

He was responsible for erecting other cairns. One of them was on the summit of Ben Lawers; this huge cairn, now gone, was built in 1878, and was intended to take the mountain's height to 4000 ft (see LinkExternal link for other details).

Another one, built on Ben Ledi in 1887, was a (Golden) Jubilee Cairn for Queen Victoria, for which Ferguson received, by telegraph, a message of thanks from the Queen, who was then at Balmoral. The Ben Ledi cairn was 14 feet wide at the base, and the same in height. The cairns on Ben Lawers and Ben Ledi were, like the one shown in the present picture, topped with quartz (compare NN6208 : Exposed quartz near Callander Craig, taken nearby).

[A final note on the picture: the rightmost part of this image may look distorted, as if stretched horizontally; the appearance of one of the trees there is largely responsible for giving that impression. However, there is no such distortion, and the tree just happens to look like that.]
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Tuesday, 22 March, 2016
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