Scheduled Monument

James Bruce Monument, 30m SSW of Larbert Old ChurchSM2794

Status: Removed


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Date Removed:
Local Authority
NS 85567 82183
285567, 682183

Removal Reason

As part of the Dual Designation project, the structures at this site have been reviewed. We have concluded that listing is the most appropriate designation to recognise the significance of this structure as being of special architectural or historic interest.


The monument comprises an iron obelisk, once painted to resemble stone, dating from the late 18th century. It commemorates the life of the explorer James Bruce of Kinnaird (d.1794) and his wife Mary (d.1785). Other family epitaphs have been inscribed at later dates. A rectangular block forms the base of the monument, above which the obelisk rises from four lions. Each of the four faces bears a medallion showing a representation of a female figure in relief, those on the N and S being identified by the accompanying Greek inscription as 'Hope'. The monument is topped by an elaborate classical lamp.

The monument was first scheduled in 1969 but was removed from Larbert Old Church graveyard in 1979 for cleaning and subsequently re-erected at the edge of Larbert Old Church car park.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of 5m in diameter centred on the centre of the monument, to include the monument and an area around it (to safeguard it from accidental damage) as marked in red on the accompanying map. Excluded from the scheduling is the top 30cm of the car park surface, to allow for its maintenance.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a fine example of a late 18th-century iron obelisk which has the potential to add to our knowledge of the applications of cast metal technology and the typology of monumental design.




RCAHMS (1963) Stirlingshire. An Inventory of Ancient Monuments, Vol. 1, 157.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map showing the scheduled area is the legal part of the scheduling. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

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