Rutherford monument funding appeal

Will you help save the Rutherford monument?

The Rutherford monument at Gatehouse of Fleet is in urgent need of repair.  The top of the monument has become dislodged and if it is not restored soon it will collapse.  Erected by public subscription in 1842 the Rutherford monument commemorates the life and work of Samuel Rutherford the leading Scottish divine who was Minister at Anwoth between 1627 and 1639 before going on to become Professor of Divinity at St Andrews University and later Principal of St Mary’s College at the University. 

Rutherford’s great work Lex Rex was an attack on absolute monarchy, demanding that rulers should be subject to the law.  His work had a significant influence on the framers of the constitution of the United States of America.


The Gatehouse Development Initiative is determined to see the monument made safe before it deteriorates further.  We have already secured over £20,000 towards the cost of the project to restore the monument, improve the signposting, create a trail leaflet and information boards and hold an event in the Mill on the Fleet to celebrate the life and work of Samuel Rutherford.  As soon as we have reached our target, work can begin as we have already conducted a tendering process to secure a contractor.

In order to allow us to get going on the restoration project we must  raise another £6000 and we are now looking for contributions from all those who would like to see this important landmark made safe.

Every penny raised will go towards the restoration project and every contribution counts in our quest to meet our target.  Please make cheques payable to the Gatehouse Development Initiative and send them to The Secretary, Gatehouse Development Initiative, 56 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2HP, or use the pay pal facility below.  Your support is much appreciated.



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