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Monuments are all around us. We walk or drive past them every day yet we are often only vaguely aware of their existence.
They are in cemeteries and parks, on busy streets and in lonely places; they stand by the sea or on the top of hills. Some are very obvious, such as the Wallace Monument at Stirling, but others are obscure and hidden.
They commemorate many things: often the dead of wars at home and abroad and disasters, both recent and long past, but they also honour the achievements of our inventors, writers and explorers and our kings, queens, saints and martyrs. They appear as statues, as windows, as sculptures, as plaques and sometimes as buildings.
Sometimes they take centre stage in the middle of city squares or on the summit of lonely mountains.
In his new book – Scotland Remembered: A History of Scotland Through its Monuments and Memorials- author Michael Meighan examines the stories behind the monuments and memorials of Scotland, and what they reveal about the history of the country.
The monuments range from famous landmarks such as the Wallace monument in Aberdeen, the Scott Monument in Edinburgh, to memorials to Robert Burns, Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Risings at Glenfinnan, Prestonpans and Culloden which represent the shaping of Scotland. Other monuments range from Greyfriars Bobby, memorials to Saint Margaret of Scotland and the Commando Memorial in Lochaber and much more.
Michael Meighan is a Glaswegian writer with a commitment to recording Glasgow life, culture and humour. Born in Glasgow, he grew up in Anderston, within sight of the locomotives being craned on to ships to be exported worldwide.
He tells the story of Scotland’s industrial powerhouse from the Ice Age to the present day. Originally a writer of business books, he used his skills to record his memories of Glasgow life in his books. Michael is married and lives in Edinburgh.