Research carried out by the Clan MacRae Society has unveiled the story behind the mysterious monument that stands on the high ground alonside the A77 at Monkton.
Basic information received by the Society suggested that the monument was erected in memory of a respected MacRae and prompted a visit by researchers in May earlier this year. Some random door-knocking at the nearby Dutch House Caravan Park resulted in contact with Betty Thomson who, curious as to the reason why this stone structure overlooked the park, had carried out some investigation herself. Betty's information was used as a basis for further investigation by the Society.
The square tower, which displays no name, inscription or plaque itself, was erected in memory of James Macrae, an Ayrshire man who rose from a life of poverty to that of Governor of Madras, and contributed significantly to the area.
Visit MacRae Places for more information on Macrae's Monument and MacRae People for more information on James Macrae, both in the Feature Articles section.