1 EAGLETON NOTES: Fort George

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Friday, 4 September 2015

Fort George

I'm ashamed to say that I'd never been to Fort George until I took Pauline there when she came off the plane from Dublin on a beautiful Monday afternoon a couple of weeks ago and we started our Highlands and Islands safari. Fort George is a working garrison as well as a historic monument. 

It was built after the Jacobite uprising of 1745 and their defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The English and their allies were determined that the Jacobites would never again pose a credible threat. 
Fort George from the air looking North
The bridge over the first moat (though I'm not sure that it was a water moat)
The 'moat' area between the outer and inner fortifications
The inner parade ground from the top of the north embankment under which were fortified stores and quarters
The (Church of Scotland) Chapel
Church attendance was compulsory in the early days. 
The three tier pulpit is unusual but not unique.The top is for the minister, the reader stands in the middle section to read from the Bible, and the precentor stands in the bottom section to lead the singing. 
An angel playing the bagpipes: possibly unique in a stained glass window
A swivel gun sea defence
One of the batteries pointing out to sea
The Chapel and the stables 
Mortar defending the fort from a land attack 
The parade ground and barrack square
Pauline will be posting about this in due course when she gets back home to New Zealand.

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    1. Yes Fiona it really is an amazing place.

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  2. I'll have to do some research. Thanks for the subject!

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    1. Gosh. Good to meet you Sean-Ron. I didn't realise that you have taken over from Lisa as your family's blogger.

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  3. It was a great start to a great visit. Interesting history, they sure meant business. Best position in town, and a picture perfect day. Glad I got to see it!

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    1. I'm looking forward to your take on this Pauline. I know that you have at least one 'human' picture. I'd love to have your talent for those and personality to achieve them.

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  4. Oh wow! Much as I love wide open spaces, this one gives me the creeps.
    The first picture from the air looks so unreal - before I read the caption, I thought it was a model in a museum!

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    1. Forgot to say that I've never seen a three tier pulpit; or an angel playing the bagpipes, for that matter.

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  5. You couldn't have caught it on a better day. It is very impressive and in beautiful order.

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    1. As you say Adrian it's immaculate and we did benefit from the 'Pauline weather effect'.

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  6. Wish I could have been a part of the Highlands and Islands safari....all the interesting stops along the way.
    The Fort George garrison is beautiful and well laid out and maintained.
    I have never seen a three tiered pulpit, and this I found quite interesting.
    An angel playing a bagpipe is am image that will stay with me for a while, since I've only known angels to play harps.
    Thank you for this wonderful post.

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    1. Well Virginia if you ever come to the UK you know where to come for a Scottish guide.

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  7. Your photos are always good but I really loved the one of the stained glass window-the angel playing the bagpipes, I love it.

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    1. Thanks Kay. It's certainly a very unusual, perhaps unique, image.

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  8. Impressive place ~ I like the angel playing bagpipes ~ nice touch.

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    1. The strange thing, Carol, is that we knew there was an angel playing the bagpipes in the Chapel but it took a while for us to work out where.

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  9. What an amazing amount of effort went into the construction of this defense installation.

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    1. Red it is huge and the fact that it was constructed in the 1700s makes it all the more amazing to me.

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  10. Incredibly clear photos...wonderful shots. And what a compound...a fort that fought!

    A very interesting trip you're taking me on, Graham...thank you. :)

    And religious conflicts continue to this day. Humans never learn!

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    1. Oh, Lee, your last statement is so true and so disturbing. I fear that you are right and that humans will never learn.

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  11. I love the angel with the bagpipes. And your magnificent, wide skies. Lovely photos, Graham.

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