P R O F I L E
Very little is known about the Elgin Cannon.
The plan was to place it alongside the Monument of the Duke of Gordon pillar at Ladyhill, a former castle. The column itself is hollow, with a spiral staircase leading up the shaft which gives access to the top. It was erected in 1839, and a statue of Gordon, sculpted by Thomas Goodwillie, was installed on the top in 1855.
Willingness to rent the hill from Lord Moray was confirmed 03/09/1887.
According to the Elgin Courant and Morayshire Advertiser, 19 November 1858, p. 5., a poem about the cannon was written. (source: Foreman J.) "From the Ladyhill canon's mouth"
The Elgin Town Council indicated that they wished to obtain a gun carriage for a Russian cannon 03/11/1888.
In 1936 there was a picture of a Crimean war cannon on hill in "Northern Scot Christmas number" p31
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