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

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

 

The Monteath Douglas Mausoleum is a grand Victorian monument, standing starkly on the skyline in the Scottish Borders near the village of Ancrum, just off the A68. It is in a semi-derelict condition, and on the Buildings at Risk Scotland Register.


This magnificent, largely forgotten building is the last resting place of 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. Above them, a star-studded, domed roof  filters light into the chamber.


Sadly, 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 whole area was overgrown.


The Friends started in 2014 after a long walk in the Borders which ended up at the Mausoleum. Shocked by the beauty and neglect of the building, we formed a local group (now gone international!) with the aim of securing the long-term future of  the Mausoleum in the Borders landscape, that it may not be lost to future generations.


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.