Scotland's most famous military fort recreated in miniature
13 July 2012
Visitors to Fort George will now be able to view it in miniature.
Historic Scotland who look after the 250 year old fort, one of the finest military fortifications in Europe, have created a cast bronze model of the site - believed to be the first in existence.
Situated at the mouth of the Fort, the model will greet visitors as they arrive at the site.
The fort is run as a visitor attraction by Historic Scotland, yet continues to operate as an active military base, being home to The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS).
Representatives from 3 SCOTS joined local Army Cadets and staff from Historic Scotland to unveil the model.
Lt Col Ed Fenton, Commanding Officer of 3 SCOTS, who performed the official unveiling said;
“The Fort has a long and proud history with the area.
“We are proud to continue on that tradition and are delighted to help unveil this model of the site which will help tell the fort’s story to visitors.”
The Fort was commissioned by George II after the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden as a measure against any further Jacobite unrest. Positioned strategically on the Moray Firth, the Fort was designed as an impenetrable army base – designed on a monumental scale using the most sophisticated defence standards.
The Fort – due to its historical importance- is now in state care, and continues to enthrall a new generation of visitors keen to find out more about its important and continued role in British military history. Each year a series of interactive events take place at the Fort including the hugely popular Celebration of the Centuries in August.
Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism for Historic Scotland said;
“Fort George is one of the most important military forts in Europe, with a fascinating past.
“The Fort is consistently one of Historic Scotland’s top ten most visited sites annually with visitors keen to find out more about its history and experience the blend of historical and modern military life.
“It is a very large site though, and many visitors don’t initially appreciate its scale and extent, which can lead to them potentially missing out on some of the hidden gems on site.
“We hope that the model will provide a great new addition to the site.”
The model was designed by local company, Inver Models and moulded into bronze by the Black Isle Bronze Company.
Peter Naulls, manager of Inver Models said;
“The model was many months in the making and included several trips to the site to ensure that the recreation was as detailed as possible.
“I’m delighted to be here today to see it officially unveiled and hope it’s enjoyed by visitors for many years to come.”
Notes for editors:
- Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.
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