Burns Monument, Alloway, Scotland
Friday, February 05, 2010
This evening, my blog theme is the monument to Robert Burns. Before embarking on that subject I will first address other developments today:
Ancestry Research: Posted information to my separate GlasgowAncestry blog on one John Lowndes of Paisley.
Glasgow Weather: Dry and relatively mild.
Tour Enquiries: An extremely busy day:
- Arranged a one day tour for an extended family from the U.S.
- Worked on details of a private tour for a U.S. couple.
- Had confirmation of a one day tour from a cruise ship.
- Responded to enquiry for a private, family tour of Scotland in the summer.
- Responded to a very interesting enquiry for a Roman Britain themed tour. (One of my key passions!)
- Responded to enquiry for a one day tour for a large Spanish speaking group.
The monument is a 70 ft high circular temple built to a Grecian style by famous architect Thomas Hamilton. The monument comprises nine pillars representing the nine Muses of Greek mythology, sitting on a three-sided base evoking the three historic divisions of Ayrshire: Kyle, Carrick and Cunninghame.
Inside the monument can be found a marble bust of Burns (see above image).
The interior of the monument is open to visitors who can climb half-way up to the base of the pillars and from that viewpoint view the River Doon, the Carrick Hills and sometimes the Firth of Clyde.
Labels: Robert Burns
posted by Catswhiskers @ 12:28 PM