Trust progressing with Scott memorial project

TRUST CHEQUE: Forfar Rotary Club president Mike Cumming presents a cheque for �200 David orr of Kirriemuir Heritage Trust.

TRUST CHEQUE: Forfar Rotary Club president Mike Cumming presents a cheque for �200 David orr of Kirriemuir Heritage Trust.

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Well-known historian David Orr was guest speaker at the latest meeting of the Rotary Club of Forfar.

This was a return visit to update the club on the progress of the project to replace the Scott Wilson Memorial sited in Glen Prosen.

The Kirriemuir Landward East Community Council, with the help of other local organisations, is masterminding this venture and it is a huge undertaking. So huge that it involves a large piece of granite.

One hundred years to the day after Robert Falcon Scott and his team reached the South Pole a 30-ton lump of granite was loaded in an Aberdeenshire quarry for transportation to Kirriemuir to be sculpted by Bruce Walker into a replacement memorial.

This will be an imposing memorial to record details of the ill-fated expedition.

Also in Glen Prosen is Burnside Cottage, a little house with big connections. Here Dr. Wilson, who accompanied Captain Robert Scott on his Antarctic expedition in 1912, wrote his definitive work on diseases of grouse.

After his update and insight into the expedition David was given a cheque for £200 as a contribution to the Kirriemuir Heritage Trust efforts to erect an imposing memorial to replace the existing cairn with a more fitting reminder of the historic significance of the iconic trip made by Captain Scott and Dr. Wilson.

The vote of thanks was by Rotarian Len Williamson, who remarked that as a fellow Kirriemarian he was the only one qualified to do so.