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TP8916 - Baird Monument
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Baird MonNO02/INT1NO02I001282477.91721701.220.0003MONUMENT01/06/195100

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There are 13 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 4267th with 92 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 5.78/10 (from 9 logged visits)
Was First logged: 13th Apr 2016
Was Last logged: 3rd Jul 2018

Of the 9 logged visits,
3 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 10m
The average error was 6m
1 was exact

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By Cootking
Baird Monument
By SlainteJimmy
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Logged Visits:

Good condition 3rd Jul 2018  14:30  by Wubbleyew

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Had just visited the splendid gardens at Drummond Castle, and then this delightful leafy walk up to the monument on the way home. Gradually getting through the Perthshire monuments.

Good condition 11th Feb 2018  11:35  by Cootking

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Great 10k jog from Crieff. Trees obstruct views otherwise rating would have been higher.

Baird monument - maybe compensating?

Slightly damaged 17th Apr 2016  10:28  by SlainteJimmy

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 6/10

Slightly damaged as there is some 'Jenga' going on about halfway up the huge stones (larger than neighbour Melville's) and a plaque is missing where access thro' missing railings is available.

Baird Monument ..Beared Monument.. some wacky brickage halfway up. :-/

Good condition 16th Apr 2016  08:00  by CJO

Gridref: NN 82485 21707   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

General Baird memorial.

Baird Monument

Good condition 15th Apr 2016  17:58  by tigger4242

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Impressive monument to General Sir David Baird. Erected 1832


Good condition 15th Apr 2016  16:47  by Brisey

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Logged with jonglew, whose description covers it. An effusive inscription praises Baird but I suspect he was not a nice man.

The monument

Good condition 15th Apr 2016  16:47  by jonglew

Gridref: NN 82485 21703   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

With Brisey. A Category B listed 84' Aberdeen granite obelisk commemorating victories of Sir David Baird (1757-1829). Erected 1832 on site of castle of Tom a' Chaisteil. Damaged by lightning, 1878, which probably explains the oddly protruding stone blocks. Short circuitous walk on good woodland path from minor road to W.

Up-skirt shot showing protruding blocks TP8916©jonglew

Good condition 13th Apr 2016  09:55  by Dusty

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10


Good condition 13th Apr 2016  09:54  by pkbathrooms

Gridref: NN 82477 21701   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

The monument, in the form of an obelisk similar to Cleopatra’s Needle, was erected to Sir David Baird in his memory by his wife, Anne Preston Menzies Campbell Preston, after his death. She seems to have been quite a formidable woman, with a quotation from him on record that ‘he could command 10,000 men but not one woman.’ He retired a General, Commander-in-Chief Ireland, having made his career as a successful commander in Imperial wars (India, South Africa) and the Napoleonic wars (Denmark, Spain). We are reminded of how much of the Scottish landscape and infrastructure owes its existence to our British Imperial past. She intended it as a memorial of her husband but it says so much more. She also commissioned a posthumous portrait by the famous Scottish painter, David Wilkie. Wilkie got his likeness from a sculpture by Laurence Macdonald and painted him posed symbolically, and triumphantly, above an Indian dungeon where he had been imprisoned for four years during his first tour in India. Baird returned to India and was a senior commander at the battle of Seringapatam, defeating Tipoo Saib in 1799. That extraordinary Imperial self confidence is evident in the portrait, in the monument, in the epitaph. The Imperial legacy is all around us in Scotland, and in the UK more widely: in the large country houses and estates, in railway infrastructure, in castles and follies, in rich town houses. Everywhere we can find the legacy of our Imperial past and of Britain’s use of violent force to conquer and subdue the peoples of the world.

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