Defending Dundas Against the Hateful Mob


Dundas Monument, St Andrew's Sq, Edinburgh. AFFG 25-8-18

This is an updated version of the article which appeared originally on this site on 28 August 2018.

It is basic revolutionary ideology that if you want to destroy a country then you constantly attack its moral legitimacy – the idea that it is a good thing in itself.

You do that by trying to forget its history and notable figures, and where you cannot forget them, you attack them openly.

You portray the history and persons of the past as "bad", as something "shameful" to feel "guilty" about.

If you break the affection which people have with the past, and their forefathers, then their minds become yours to mould to your advantage.

Those who want to destroy the United Kingdom, therefore, constantly attack British history and people.

It's a necessary part of a political agenda to set up a new Year Zero Country where everything is going to be "Perfect" because Human Frailty will be No More.

We spoke about this in London in 2018.

This is one of the reasons why our Facebook page has a British History post every day. We won't let our past be forgotten, or attacked.

We are always alert to the signs.

For example, in August 2018, the Scottish Executive removed all reference on its website to the Glaswegian Sir John A Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada. He's now a "non person" to them.

This relates to the controversy that his "residential boarding schools" for indigenous children in Canada were abusive – even though, by the standards of the time, they were a well-intentioned effort to integrate such children into modern Western life.

We were also disturbed to read an article in The Herald (24-8-18) by Rosemary Goring who wrote – in relation to the massive Henry Dundas column in St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh that:

"...instead of removing his statue in St Andrew Square the authorities are considering rewording his plague, to include the discreditable aspects of his career. If it could be hung around his neck all the better."

Of course, we were alarmed to read that someone might write up the (supposedly) "discreditable aspects of his career" in order to beshit his monument.

This prompted us to investigate what the plaque says.

We visited the monument the next day, 25-8-18, and took these pictures.

As of that date, there are 3 written plaques connected with the monument. The only plaque on the monument itself is to Robert Stevenson, the civil engineer who superintended the building of it.

Plaque on Dundas monument. AFFG 25-8-18.

There is a permanent stone plaque at the entrance to the Square, off George Street.

Stone plaque at Dundas Monument. AFFG 25-8-18.

It says:

THE MELVILLE MONUMENT

Erected in 1823 in memory of Henry Dundas (1742-1811) First Viscount Melville and a dominant figure in politics for over four decades. Besides being Treasurer to the Navy he was Lord Advocate & Keeper of the Scottish Signet. The subscription for the monument was raised by members of the Royal Navy. It was designed by William Burn and the statue is by Chantrey.

This covers, very briefly, all the essential points – which we need to know.

1. Who the monument is for.

2. His dates of birth and death, thereby locating him in the historical period.

3. Some of the positions he held.

4. How the statue was funded and when it was erected.

5. Who designed the monument and who designed the statue on top.

Those of us who are interested can look into him further and draw our own conclusions about the man himself.

As we move closer to the monument, there is a plastic Notice in the Garden.

Plastic plaque at Dundas Monument. AFFG 25-8-18.

It says:

THE MELVILLE MONUMENT

The centrepiece of the Garden is the Melville Monument – an imposing statue of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville PC and Baron Dunira (28 April 1742 – 28 May 1811). He was a Scottish lawyer and politician and was the first Secretary of State for War. In 1804 he became the Lord of the Admiralty and the last person to be impeached (1806) in the United Kingdom. The monument to Henry Dundas was funded by voluntary contribution from officers, petty officers, seamen and marines and erected in 1821, with the statue placed on top in 1828. (1)

That tells us some basics, but it is not as neutral as the stone plaque.

It highlights a less than edifying element of his career (impeachment). Why was that necessary to mention?

After all, the monument was not erected to commemorate the fact that he was the last person in the United Kingdom to be impeached!