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Monument emerges for scaffold covering

THE monument to the Earl of Galloway in Newton Stewart has emerged from its scaffold cocoon. The memorial has been undergoing extensive repairs and refurbishment after Dumfries and Galloway Council announced in October last year that it would undertake a variety of works. Extensive scaffolding was required to give access to the entire 57-foot tall structure. A survey found surface damage caused by vehicle exhaust fumes, graffiti and damage caused by "inappropriate cleaning". Old lightning conductors were also removed, with the installation of new stone columns. Gargoyles on top of the monument were also refurbished. Historic Environment Scotland welcomed the work to improve the monument in the town's Creesdie Victoria Gardens. As a B-listed structure, care was taken to source "appropriate" some for the works. The memorial is to Randolph Stewart (1800-1873) and was raised in 1875. He was Lord Lieutenant for both Wigtownshire and the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright and served as MP for Cockermouth. His family home was Galloway House near Garlieston, which he had extensively improved. A high wall around the property is said to have been built by French prisoners from the Napoleonic Wars and the house was a hospital from servicemen injured in the Second World War.

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