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TITLE
Monument to 1st Duke of Sutherland
EXTERNAL ID
HC_ARCH3_1983-84_84072035
PLACENAME
Golspie
DISTRICT
Golspie, Rogart and Lairg
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Golspie
PERIOD
1980s
SOURCE
The Highland Council Archaeology Unit
ASSET ID
13254
KEYWORDS
monuments
Monument to 1st Duke of Sutherland

View from Beinn a Bhragaidh

On Beinn a' Bhragaidh, west of Golspie, stands a statue of George Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland. Including the plinth the statue is 100ft tall. It was designed by Sir F L Chantrey and erected in 1834, a year after the Duke's death.

At the beginning of the 19th century the Duke of Sutherland had the largest private estate in Europe - approximately 1.5 million acres. He believed that the land could not support his tenants in the long term and so he initiated the resettling of thousands of families to the coasts to make way for sheep.

The Sutherland clearances were particularly ruthless so it is ironic that the plinth reads that the statue was erected by 'a mourning and grateful tenant' to 'a judicious, kind and liberal landlord'.

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Monument to 1st Duke of Sutherland

SUTHERLAND: Golspie

1980s

monuments

The Highland Council Archaeology Unit

View from Beinn a Bhragaidh<br /> <br /> On Beinn a' Bhragaidh, west of Golspie, stands a statue of George Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland. Including the plinth the statue is 100ft tall. It was designed by Sir F L Chantrey and erected in 1834, a year after the Duke's death.<br /> <br /> At the beginning of the 19th century the Duke of Sutherland had the largest private estate in Europe - approximately 1.5 million acres. He believed that the land could not support his tenants in the long term and so he initiated the resettling of thousands of families to the coasts to make way for sheep. <br /> <br /> The Sutherland clearances were particularly ruthless so it is ironic that the plinth reads that the statue was erected by 'a mourning and grateful tenant' to 'a judicious, kind and liberal landlord'.