Restoration plans for the Airlie Monument

Renovation plans are in place for the Airlie Monument.
Renovation plans are in place for the Airlie Monument.

Conservation experts from Bell Ingram are leading a campaign to restore the Airlie Monument which requires urgent remedial works to secure its future.

The national landmark, situated on Tulloch Hill, was erected in memory of the 9th Earl of Airlie, who was killed in the Boer War in 1900.

However, the 65ft-high monument is suffering from erosion around the base and significant water penetration and remedial works are urgently required to prevent further damage to the building.

Bell Ingram is aiming to secure funding to restore the monument to its former glory and, importantly, to allow public access which has been restricted to date due to the poor condition of the structure.

There are also plans to convert one of the rooms as a Boer War visitor interpretation centre.

The team from Bell Ingram’s Forfar office, led by director Susan Burness, estimates the repairs as in excess of £150,000 and have approached Historic Scotland and hope to access funding through grant assistance available to war memorials to try to obtain the necessary financial support.

Susan said: “It is important to both Bell Ingram and the local community that the Airlie Monument is restored to its original state. The building is an important landmark for both locals and visitors and we want to ensure that they have full access to the building once again.

“Bell Ingram have handled many complex and difficult projects such as this with great success in the past and we are sure that we have the capability to restore the monument to its former state.”

The monument was erected to commemorate the death of Lieutenant-Colonel David William Stanley Ogilvy, the 9th Earl of Airlie who was killed at the battle of Diamond Hill, near Pretoria on June 11, 1900 while commanding 12th (the Prince of Wales Royal) Lancers.