One of the Development Trust’s current heritage projects is ‘The Cameronian Memorial’, which involves the creation of a memorial sculpture and official naming of a roundabout at the site of the Winston Barracks in Lanark.
The unveiling of the new roundabout signs took place on Saturday 10th November 2018. Present were members of The Cameronians Friends and Family Association, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Lanark Community Development Trust, local councillors and representatives from local churches.
Plans are progressing well to create a memorial sculpture dedicated to The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) on a verge of grass beside the road adjacent to the Winston Barracks. The memorial sculpture is expected to be erected in the spring of 2019, and along with the roundabout naming, will form a fitting tribute to the soldiers based at the Barracks and serves to highlight an important aspect of Lanark’s heritage as well as improving the visual aesthetics of one of Lanark’s main gateways for visitors.
In conjunction with the memorial sculpture, a booklet will be created with information on The Cameronians and their time in Lanark whilst based at the Winston Barracks. The local community are encouraged to submit stories or photographs about their memories of the Cameronians whilst they were based in Lanark.
Although local men from Lanark & Clydesdale had always served in the Cameronians, it was not until 1947 that the Regiment once again had a direct connection with Lanark. In 1936, £150,000 was set aside for the construction of a new headquarters for the Scottish Rifles. Building began at Lanark in late 1939 and the newly named Winston Barracks were completed by 1941.
The Cameronians did not take up occupancy until after the war, because until that time the Barracks were used by a number of training units. When they finally arrived in 1947 the Town Council unanimously approved that the Regiment be awarded the Freedom of the Burgh.
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