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Restored monument unveiled
Monument to the Battle of Langside
The monument to the Battle of Langside

A monument marking Mary Queen of Scots' connection with Langside has been unveiled.

Community heritage enthusiast Mary Teresa Johnson secured £20,000 for the restoration work in a national competition in April this year.

Work to offset the effects of weather and neglect began soon after.

Residents in the area were invited to attend the official unveiling by secretary of the community council, Patricia Cockburn.

'Hidden gem'

Mary Teresa said: "It's great to see the Mary Queen of Scots monument fully restored for the community to enjoy and I can't thank the local residents and businesses enough for giving up their time to revive one of Glasgow's hidden gems.

"Funding from Bovril's Great Outdoor Revival campaign has allowed us to make significant improvements to the monument and the surrounding area; I still can't believe we won!"

Information board
Information boards have been installed and access eased with a new path

Bovril's Great Outdoors Revival campaign gave local landmarks across the UK a makeover.

The monument at Court Knowe, Cathcart, was given a new base, a path to ease access has been installed, as have information boards and planters.

Viewpoint

Simshill and Old Cathcart Community Council organised the event.

The restoration work has encouraged similar projects in the area including the lighting up of Old Cathcart Clock Tower. The community also hopes to improve Cathcart Castle.

On 13 May 1568, Mary Queen of Scots watched as her army was defeated in the Battle of Langside from Court Knowe in Cathcart, Glasgow. This pre-empted her fleeing Scotland and losing her reign on the throne.

The spot on the hilltop is marked by the monument in memory of the defeat.

David Titman, Bovril brand manager, said: "The Mary Queen of Scots monument really stood out amongst the 200 projects that entered.

"Mary Teresa's passion and drive to restore the local landmark for all the community to enjoy was inspiring and the support from everyone in the community really has made this a spectacular revival project."




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