Waterloo story told at Haddo

The interpretive panels were unveiled at a ceremony at Haddo House.
The interpretive panels were unveiled at a ceremony at Haddo House.

The story of the Battle of Waterloo has been unveiled in a special tribute at Haddo House.

Two interpretive panels have been put on display to mark the conflict’s bicentennial.

They were revealed at a ceremony in the Haddo grounds on Saturday by Alexander George Gordon, 7th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair, some 200 years to the day after one of his ancestors was killed on the battlefield.

The recently-restored Waterloo Monument is dedicated to Lord Aberdeen’s great-great-great-great uncle, Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Alexander Gordon.

He was the younger brother of the 4th Earl, who died aged 29 at Waterloo.

Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon was the Duke of Wellington’s youngest aide-de-camp and held in great favour by him, being attend by the duke’s personal physician after sustaining a fatal leg wound in the battle.

The informative panels have been produced by the Haddo Country Park Regeneration Project partners to explain the history of the monument.

Restoration work on the landmark included the cleaning of the obelisk, renewal of jointing and creation of a footpath to make it more accessible.

Commenting on the special tribute, Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal said: “Months of hard work have taken place at Haddo as part of the regeneration project.

“The restoration of the Waterloo Monument is just one example of the partnership working going on behind the scenes .

“It highlights a piece of local history to be uncovered by all who visit.”

The event forms part of the Haddo Country Park Regeneration Project which began in 2005 with the establishment of the Haddo Country Park Consultative Forum.