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Statue of Lord John Douglas Montagu Scott(1809-60) at Dunchurch, Warwickshire, England.

The statue shows the third son of the 4th Duke of Buccleuch and stands on the cross roads. It was erected by his tenants in affectionate
remembrance of him after he died on 3rd January 1860. He was the first Lord of a Manor to choose to live in his location and to become
part of his community. He was also a Grenadier Guards officer and MP for Roxburghshire. He died 1860 aged 50.

The statue was unveiled on 2nd December 1867 and was made and designed by Joseph Durham A.B.A. from Portland stone.

A tradition developed in the 1970's of clandestinely dressing the statue over the Festive period in the attire of a fashionable television or
cartoon character. The first time it was a soldier complete with gas mask, since then it has taken many guises including Father
Christmas, an angel, a Shepard, Harry Potter, Darth Maul from Star Wars, Bart Simpson, A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Mr Blobby, Shrek
and Martin Johnson.

Lord John's wife, Alicia Ann Spottiswoode from Berkshire, composed 'Annie Laurie' first published in 1835 and attributed towards 'The
Bonny, Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond'. The couple resided in Cawston House and were much loved benefactors in Dunchurch although they
are said to have ruled with a rod of iron.

Lord John was a trustee of Rugby School and a pillar in the church in his village. In 1841 he had the seating of St. Peters entirely
renewed to the open system, doing away with private box pews and asking for 'just a space where I may sit among the labouring men of
the parish'. At the time of his death he had equipped a new vessel to test some of the problems of deep sea fishing.

Alicia Scott, née Alicia Ann Spottiswoode (24 June 1810 – 12 March 1900) was a Scottish songwriter and composer known chiefly for the tune, "Annie Laurie", to which the words of a 17th-century poet, William Douglas, were set.

She was the oldest daughter of John Spottiswoode of Berwickshire and his wife Helen Wauchope of Niddrie-Mains. On 16 March 1836 she married Lord John Douglas Scott, a younger son of the 4th Duke of Buccleuch, and consequently is alternatively known by her courtesy title of Lady John Scott.

Lady Scott was a champion of traditional Scots language, history and culture, her motto being 'Haud [hold] fast by the past'. "Annie Laurie" was published in 1838. Scott was born and died at Spottiswoode, Scottish Borders, in the former Berwickshire.

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