Basic Site Details

Name: Harlaw Memorial
Town, district or village: Harlaw
City or county: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Erected in memory of Provost Robert Davidson

The inauguration of the tower that the town council of Aberdeen have erected on the historic field of Harlaw, near Inverurie, in memory of Provost Davidson and the burgesses of Bon Accord, who fell in the battle fought there on July 24, 1411. took place on Friday. The memorial, which has been erected near the site of Drum's Cairn, where Sir Alexander Irvine of Drum fell, is a hexagonal tower, about 45feet in height, and 13 feet in diameter at the base. Built of rough granite stone, largely composed of boulders got near the site, the monument, bears several inscriptions. The designer is Mr. William Kelly, architect, A.R.S.A., Aberdeen. [Building News 31 July 1914 p150]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Harlaw Monument  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Tower  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11914 OpenedInauguration July 1914


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 3James Brown Nicol A1914  
Item 2 of 3Kelly & Nicol A1914  
Item 3 of 3William Kelly A1914  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Aberdeen Town Council 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4RSA1915   601
Item 2 of 4Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Pressp416
Item 3 of 4Shepherd, Ian1994Gordon: an illustrated architectural guide  p112
Item 4 of 4Simpson, W Douglas A tribute offered by the University of Aberdeen to the memory of William Kelly LLD ARSA  p7

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Aberdeen Daily JournalBetween 24 July 1914 and 2500s   
Item 2 of 2Building News31 July 1914  p150 - inauguration

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Aberdeen UniversityAberdeen University Archives Plans
Item 2 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register2831