ST. CONAN'S KIRK - CAMPBELL OF BLYTHSWOOD

Walter Campbell died in 1914 and his widow waited until Carrick had returned from the war to commission him to carve his tomb. The surge in orders for war memorials caused delays, the Lochawe memorial also by Carrick which stands at the entrance gate of the kirk was itself unveiled in 1920. However there were also delays in finding a suitable stone and Carrick made a number of journeys to the Ravelston quarry in the Cheviots before finding a suitable block. In 1925 he finally began the work, obtaining Campbell's Highland Dress for his model. The result was a particularly fine tomb featuring the recumbent effigy of Campbell, his head resting on a pillow which is so beautifully worked that you expect it to feel soft to the touch.

Below - The recumbant effigy of Walter Campbell of Blythswood. Once again there has been a problem with water ingress in the small chapel from the leaking roof and the memorial has suffered some damage. Saint Conan's is a large church with a small highland congregation and needs assistance in funding maintenance for repairs.

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