Nelson’s Monument, Glasgow Green

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I’ve been meaning for a long time to go and see the Nelson Monument on Glasgow Green, which was one of the first erected after Trafalgar, but when I finally got round to trying, on the day of the fireworks, I found they’d shut off the whole park, rather than just the launch area. So Christmas shopping provided an excuse for a second attempt.

The way into the park is through an arch which was once part of the front of Glasgow’s Georgian Assembly Rooms, built just before 1800 by James and Robert Adam.

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Maclennan’s Arch

Two carved panels on the arch show Apollo playing on his lyre and the Three Graces dancing.

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Apollo
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The Three Graces

Further in, Nelson’s monument is in the form of a very tall obelisk.

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This was the first public monument to be put up after Trafalgar, although the monument at Taynuilt, erected by the workers of the Bonawe Iron Foundry which provided cannonballs for thr navy, is earlier.

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One side of the base has Nelson’s name and title, and the others have the names of three of his famous battles.

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Nelson
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The Nile
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Trafalgar
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Copenhagen

Near the base of the monument, an inscribed stone commemorates the fact that James Watt was walking in the area when he had his idea for a separate condenser for a steam engine. Glasgow Green is a very historic place!

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James Watt’s stone
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James Watt inscription
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