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Local Authority
Na h-Eileanan Siar
Planning Authority
Na h-Eileanan Siar
NB 41818 32903
141818, 932903


Inscription "A Viegl/Mentone" (ie France). Erected 1880. Memorial to Sir James Matheson (1796-1878), owner of Lewis since 1844, and builder of Lews Castle. French Renaissance; marble; baldacchino with round-arched openings, engaged Corinthian column at each angle, raised on pedestal; leaded dome. Underneath, a white marble pedestal, inscribed, empty elliptical panel presumably contained a bronze. Inscriptions:

a. "To his memory this monument is erected by his widow, July 1880".

b. "Sir James Matheson/born at Shiness November 17th 1796/married at Edinburgh November 9th 1843/died at Mentone, France, December 31st 1878". c. "In life a consistent Christian possessed of those Social virtues conducive to the happiness of others, and truly has it been said of him that he was a child of God living evidently under the influence of his holy spirit".

d. Also memorial to Mary Jane Matheson "who during her husband's life aided him in the benevolent and philanthropic works carried out for the benefit of the island of the Lews and its inhabitants".



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About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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