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The Monteath Douglas Mausoleum is a grand Victorian monument, standing starkly on the skyline in the Scottish Borders near the village of Ancrum It is semi-derelict, 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 large, sculpted angels stand guard. Above them a star-studded, domed roof filters light into the Mausoleum.

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.

Friends of the Monteath Mausoleum has been launched to secure the Monteath Mausoleum in the landscape, that it may not be lost to future generations. And they are seeking your support.

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Comment by William Douglas on January 25, 2015 at 21:25

I have just received the latest newsletter from the Friends of the Monteath Mausoleum and am pleased to learn that progress is being made.

They were too polite to refer to the shit shovelling required to discover shards of original glass - but I am not!

Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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