Photographer's Note

As a follow up from my last picture, this is the interior of the Douglas Family Mausoleum which was formed following the restoration in 1880 of the chancel of the ruined "old" church of St. Bride in the little Lanarkshire village of Douglas.

Here lie the tombs and effigies of many of the Douglas family, the oldest being an effigy of Sir James Douglas (1286 – 1330), otherwise known as "The Good Sir James" or the "Black Douglas", perhaps actually not quite so good as he was responsible for the massacre of a large number of English troops in nearby Douglas Castle in 1307. At that time the Douglas family were probably the most powerful group of people in southern Scotland and had close affiliations with King Robert the Bruce. The father of "The Good Sir James" had been Sir William Douglas, the first noble supporter of William Wallace (more recently of "Braveheart" fame).

But other less treacherous people are commemorated here too and the effigy seen in the foreground is that of Lucy Elizabeth Montagu-Scott, Countess of Home (1805 - 1877) who was great grandmother of Sir Alec Douglas-Home, British Prime Minister during 1963-64. I shall post a close-up of her effigy as a workshop.

I must apologise for these photographs not being of very good quality as they were taken in poor light but also using my new little Canon EOS M camera which I now tend to take on country walks as it is much easer and lighter to carry than a big DSLR.

Also, if anyone is interested in seeing inside this lovely little mausoleum, you must first visit the pub across the road and, if you look trustworthy enough, you will be given the key from the landlord!

You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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