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Thu 15  Mar 2018

Hidden away in the scots pines on a hilltop to the south of Aviemore, Scotland is a very interesting cairn. In a small alcove with a spectacular view of the Cairngorm Mountains is a plaque.

Kinrara Waterloo Cairn in Alvie, Scotland
It reads:
To the memory of Sir Robert Macara of the 42nd Regiment, or, Royal Highlanders, Colonel John Cameron of the 92nd Regiment, or, Gordon Highlanders and their brave countrymen who gloriously fell at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815.
Erected by the most noble the Marquis of Huntley August 16th 1815.

Lieutenant-colonel Sir Robert Macara (1759 – 16 June 1815)
On the 16 June 1815 at the Battle of Quatre Bras, just before the Battle of Waterloo, Macara was wounded during an engagement and as he was carried from the field was taken prisoner by a party of French soldiers. His decorations gave him away as an officer of rank and he was killed on the spot.

Kinrara Waterloo Cairn alcove

During the Waterloo Campaign, Cameron's 92nd Foot alongside the 42nd Highlanders, 1st Royals, and 44th East Essex formed General Pack's 9th Brigade of Sir Thomas Picton's 5th Division, and were among the first troops to march out of Brussels at daybreak on 16 June 1815. On that day, when leading his regiment in an attack on an enemy stronghold, on the road to Charleroi near the village of Quatre-Bras, Cameron was mortally wounded. He was buried there at the side of the road to Ghent road. His remains were later removed and brough back to Scotland and buried in Kilmallie Kirk, Corpach.

Colonel John Cameron of the 92nd Regiment, or, Gordon Highlanders

Battle of Quatre Bras, just before the Battle of Waterloo

Further along the same hill is a tall monument column to George, Duke of Gordon, General in the British Army who died 28 May 1836 age 66.

General George Duncan Gordon, 5th Duke of Gordon (1770 – 28 May 1836) Marquess of Huntly.

George Duncan Gordom Memorial
Sun 11  Mar 2018

It’s Mother’s Day so cycled to Pleasington Crematorium to plot ‘H’ where Mum’s ashes are. Continued via Pleasington, Hoghton and Brindle to ride home.

Pleasington Crematorium

Plot 'H' where Mum's ashes are

An evening walk to Mum's bench at Withnell Fold for butties and fask of coffee
Fri 09  Mar 2018
Morning walk from White Coppice to the mere stones (ancient boundary stones) above Brinscall. They were mentioned in the Hoghton papers dated Apr 1697. They have a cross cut in them and denote the Hoghton Manor boundary that coincides with the ancient Gunolfsmoor estate. There were originally 5 but now only 2 remain. The higher one is easy to see and adjacent to a public footpath. The lower stone is by the river (boundary between Wheelton and Heapey) but was overgrown and I had to dig it out.

The lower stone after digging it out of the heather 

The higher stone

Afternoon visited the South Ribble Museum in Leyland to see the curator Dr David Hunt. We chatted about a new exhibition that is being planned for later this year on the first public water supplies into the town in the 1880s. The first water supply reservoir was built in Clayton-le-Woods and was demolished in 2013 to make way for new housing. I gave the museum some of my images to help with the illustrations and it was nice to see two of my photos of the reservoir interior enlarged to huge prints.
Thu 08  Mar 2018

A short heavy morning fall of snow brought the traffic on the A6, whittle-le-Woods to a standstill. By late morning the snow had stopped and started to clear.

The A6 Whittle-le-Woods


By the War Memorial

Whittle and Clayton-le-Woods War Memorial

Tue 06  Mar 2018
Caught train to Liverpool Lime Street. Walked to museum World Museum for the Chinese
Terracotta Warriors exhibition. Had a look round museum first before allocated time of 13:30.
The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
They were discovered on 29 March 1974 by farmers digging a water well approximately 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) east of the Qin Emperor's tomb mound at Mount Li (Lishan)

Liverpool Lime Street Rail Station

Liverpool Lime Street Rail Station

Entrance to the Terracotta Army

From the Museum

Entrance to Terracotta Army

Reconstruction of the army being made

Black Knight was designed in the 1950s as a research rocket. It was built to test the heating effects of the atmosphere on the Blue Streak ballistic missile.

Black Knight

Sun 04  Mar 2018
I was very sorry to hear of the death of Sir Roger Bannister at the age of 88. He was a hero from my youth and I remember watching him run the first sub 4 minute mile (3m 59.4s) on our TV in 1954. His run was assisted by Sir Christopher Chataway and Chris Brasher. His record didn't last long as it was bettered by the Australian John Landy the following month with a time of 3m 57.9s.
l/r Chris Brasher, Roger Bannister & Chris Chataway.

Roger Bannister runs a mile in under 4 mins.

Enjoyed an evening walk through the tunnel under the aqueduct that used to carry the old Lancaster canal over the River Lostock. Then through the concrete pedestrian underpass crossing the M61 motorway.

Under the M61 motorway

River Lostock in the stone tunnel
Sat 03  Mar 2018

Heading for the ferry at San Sebastian, La Gomera and the journey home
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