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faces on the Monteath Douglas mausoleum
This wonderful Mausoleum in the Glasgow Necropolis is the final resting place of two brothers Major Archibald Douglas Monteath who died in 1842, and James Monteath Douglas of Rosehall and Stonebyres who died in 1850.

Monteath served in the East India Company. Allegedly, Monteath made his fortune when an elephant carrying precious gems belonging to a Maharajah was captured and 'relieved' of its load by him. When he died £1,000 was left to build his monument. There was a shortfall, however the Merchants' House gifted the extra land needed and this spectacular mausoleum was built.


Based on the Knights Templar Church of the Holy Sepulchre, experts dispute whether it is modelled on the Jerusalem Church or possibly their Cambridge Church.

The Mausoleum is a Neo-Norman rotunda, designed by David Cousin, is 30ft in diameter.

What makes the Mausoleum so special includes the faces of 48 individual Dwar Palas who guard the Mausoleum around the doorway and each niched window, and which are common in Indian and Hindu temples, palaces and forts.

 

 

Note:
In 2013, an appeal was launched in 2013 to raise funds to preserve the mausoleum.

 

Any contributions will be gratefully accepted

 

 

See also:
1. Monteath mausoleum, Lanarkshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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