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Scottish NationalWar Memorial

In 1930 a leading travel writer wrote of the Scottish NationalWar Memorial

(Scotland’s Shrine):

When the Menin Gate (inYpres) was declared open, Scots pipers, mounted high on the

ramparts, played the Flowers o’ the Forest. It seemed to me as I stood in Scotland’s Shrine

that the sound of this lament had flown home to crystallise in stone upon the rock of

Edinburgh, the greatest of all Scotland’s laments, with all the sweetness of pipes crying

among the hills, with all the haunting beauty of a lament, all the pride, all the grandeur.

Professor Duncan Macmillan, the eminent Art Historian, wrote in his 2014 book

Scotland’s Shrine –The Scottish NationalWar Memorial

that the building:

articulates with striking eloquence the collective grief of a nation, the aspiration for peace

of its people and the hope that the sacrifice of such a terrible number of the nation’s youth

as had died in the GreatWar should not have been in vain

Its creation was conceived before the end ofWorldWar One and in the words of

John George Stewart-Murray, 8th Duke of Atholl who had seen the project

through from conception to completion, it was

truly Scottish, carried out by Scottish

money, Scottish brains and Scottish hands