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TITLE
General Rice's Memorial Stone, Loch-an-Eilan, Aviemore
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0005
PLACENAME
Aviemore
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus
DATE OF IMAGE
1907
PERIOD
1900s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31887
KEYWORDS
postcards
tragedies
drownings
General Rice's Memorial Stone, Loch-an-Eilan, Aviemore

This postcard from the early 20th century shows a memorial stone situated close to the shore of Loch-an-Eilan which is set in the ancient Caledonian forest on the Rothiemurchus Estate near Aviemore. The inscription reads, "This stone was erected by the people of Rothiemurchus in affectionate remembrance of Major General Walter Brook Rice late Royal Artillery who was accidentally drowned while skating near this spot. 26th December 1892".

The General, who was 65 years old, stayed with his sister at nearby Drumintoul Lodge. He had gone to the loch to skate, accompanied by his coachman who watched helplessly from the shore. According to the Inverness Courier, "The unfortunate gentleman after falling through the ice, almost immediately rose again, but only for a moment. Raising his arms, he shouted to his servant "Good-bye," and again sank to the bottom, never again reappearing." The deceased officer had joined the Royal Artillery in 1858. He served in the Indian Mutiny and retired with the rank of Major-General in 1885.

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General Rice's Memorial Stone, Loch-an-Eilan, Aviemore

INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus

1900s

postcards; tragedies; drownings;

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard from the early 20th century shows a memorial stone situated close to the shore of Loch-an-Eilan which is set in the ancient Caledonian forest on the Rothiemurchus Estate near Aviemore. The inscription reads, "This stone was erected by the people of Rothiemurchus in affectionate remembrance of Major General Walter Brook Rice late Royal Artillery who was accidentally drowned while skating near this spot. 26th December 1892". <br /> <br /> The General, who was 65 years old, stayed with his sister at nearby Drumintoul Lodge. He had gone to the loch to skate, accompanied by his coachman who watched helplessly from the shore. According to the Inverness Courier, "The unfortunate gentleman after falling through the ice, almost immediately rose again, but only for a moment. Raising his arms, he shouted to his servant "Good-bye," and again sank to the bottom, never again reappearing." The deceased officer had joined the Royal Artillery in 1858. He served in the Indian Mutiny and retired with the rank of Major-General in 1885.