Loose Ends: John Frederic Bateman monument

Edinburgh gave way to Milngavie. As I stood by Mugdock Reservoir, I realised that the monument to engineer John Frederic Bateman, a plaque on a slab, linked just fine to the cairn on Calton Hill, a monument by another name. Bateman was given the task of sorting out Glasgow’s water supply, a task ever more urgent as the city grew in the 19th century. 26 miles of aqueducts and tunnels link Loch Katrine with Mugdock, quite a project. It was opened in 1859 by Queen Victoria. I was there on a beautiful sunny day and the monument didn’t attract too many glances. The surroundings are beautiful, right enough. Mugdock has since been joined by Craigmaddie Reservoir, established barely two decades later as the city grew still more.

Craigmaddie Reservoir

Quite a few links could result from the monument, back to Glasgow or through water. In the end the next connection came just a few minutes later, in a burst of civic style.

Thanks for reading. The next Loose Ends adventure follows next week.

This post is part of a series. Links to all of the Loose Ends adventures can be found on the Loose Ends page.


10 thoughts on “Loose Ends: John Frederic Bateman monument

  1. Alli Templeton

    A lot of great water connections, Kev. The reservoir looks fantastic – in your last picture the water looks like a mirror. It’s beautiful. Funnily enough, we’ve just got back from my daughter’s second sailing lesson on Willen Lake in Milton Keynes. So it’s been a watery time all round! 🙂

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    1. It has indeed! I didn’t know Milton Keynes had a lake. The home of the OU never fails to surprise.

      The reservoir is gorgeous. It was my first visit. Next week’s post will show it off a bit more.

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      1. Alli Templeton

        Well I’m looking forward to that. It does look gorgeous.

        Yes, Milton Keynes does have a fair few secrets up it’s sleeve. I’m not usually a massive fan of the place, preferring older and more rural places, but I have to say we walked around two huge lakes while Maddie was sailing and it was really lovely, with all sorts of wildlife. There’s even a rather beautiful ‘peace pagoda’ which houses relics of Buddha inside! That really was a surprise.. 🙂

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      2. Thanks for that. It looks amazing, something out of a Japanese anime. The picture was worth waiting for it to load – the phone signal on the Edinburgh-Glasgow train isn’t great at the best of times.


      3. Alli Templeton

        Oh I’m glad you could access the pics in tbe end and that you like the pagoda. It is quite impressive looking, isn’t it? 😊

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