Friends of the Monteath Mausoleum

Due to restoration works, the mausoleum is closed to the public from May 2018 until the summer of 2019.

See our News page for further details.

The Monteath Douglas Mausoleum is a grand Victorian monument, standing alone on the skyline in the Scottish Borders above the village of Ancrum, just east of the A68 at Gersit Law, part of the ancient geological ridge known as Lilliards Edge. The building is in a semi-derelict condition, and on the Buildings at Risk Scotland Register.


This magnificent, largely forgotten monument was constructed for General Sir Thomas Monteath Douglas (1788 - 1868). The entrance is guarded by two life-sized stone lions, one awake and one, curiously, asleep. Inside the building two huge sculpted angels stand guard by the tomb. Above them, a star-studded, domed roof  filters pale green light into the interior, which was intended to be “locked for all time”.

Sadly, due to neglect, the star-shaped windows have lost their glass and water penetrates the building.The doors have missing panels allowing access to birds and other wildlife, with the result that the interior is in poor condition. Outside, the perimeter wall is damaged and overgrown.


Shocked by the beauty and neglect of the building, local volunteers formed a Friends group in 2014 (now gone international!) with the aim of securing the long-term future of  the Mausoleum by restoration of the building and improvements to public access. In the Spring of 2018 we were able to announce that the restoration project was now fully funded, and repairs to the building will take place during 2018/2019.

Watch our progress on the News  page, or Join Us to give a donation, become a Friend, or lend a helping hand at our Working Parties in the summer months. Don’t miss the Gallery  with photos of the angels, the lions and the star chamber.

  Disambiguation   If you are looking for the Archibald Douglas Monteath Mausoleum at Glasgow Necropolis, visit the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis website.

©Friends of the Monteath Mausoleum 2018