Photographer's Note

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Until now there has been only one posting on TE from Durisdeer in Dumfries and Galloway and that was by our friend, Bev (Royaldevon), of the main road past the village.

But if Bev had turned off that main road to the tiny village of Durideer itself, she would have found treasure galore. For here there is a delightful small Georgian parish church which served the parish of Drumlanrig, covering the castle and large estates of the Dukes of Queensberry to the north west.

The church itself is pretty enough but, if you walk around to its northeast corner, you can enter a door leading to the magnificent Queensberry Aisle, a splendid mausoleum built for the First Duke of Queensberry between 1695 and 1708.

Here is the spectacular monument to James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry and 1st Duke of Dover, and Mary, his Duchess. Queensberry apparently died at his house in Albermarle Street, Piccadilly, in 1711, of an "iliack passion" (intestinal obstruction). This wonderful monument was created by the Flemish sculptor, Jan van Nost and in the foreground you can see the four supporting columns of a decorated baldachin with, in the floor directly beneath, the locked entrance to the Queensberry burial vault.

ISO 640, 1/30 sec at f/3.5, focal length 18mm.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7660] (30513)
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