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by hevbell

Also known as McCaigs Tower, this imitation of the coliseum in Rome was built by a local businessman, John Stuart McCaig [he described himself as an "art critic, philiosophical essayist & banker"] who wanted to relieve unemployment among stonemasons during the off season as well as glorify his family. The original plans were much more elaborate but McCaig died in 1902 before building of the tower got further than the outside walls. There is now a garden inside the walls maintained by the local council.

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  • Updated Feb 12, 2004
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