(Year 2000 photographs below.)
The Panmure Testimonial, as shown from an old postcard, is situated on a hill to the western edge of the Panmure Estate and was a gift to the then laird, the Earl of Panmure. Apparently, during several years of poor harvests the Earl was willing to forgo the annual rent due to him by his tenant farmers. When the situation improved they erected this testimonial (not a memorial or monument, as it is often miscalled) as a "thank you" to him.
The following lines penned by the late, Don Smith, formerly of Monikie, to record that event -
The Panmure Testimonial
The following article has been given to the webmaster as a further reference to the Panmure Testimonial. The source is not known, but is likely to have been a reader's contribution in the local Dundee Courier and Advertiser newspaper.
" From grateful tenants
The Panmure Testimonial at Monikie, a landmark for miles around, . . . was built as a gesture of gratitude by the Panmure tenantry.
The year 1826 - 'the year of the short corn' - was disastrous for the farmer-tenants. The crops were so poor that they could not get return enough to pay their rents.
Learning of this, the compassionate nature of the laird, William 1st Baron Panmure, became evident when he gave instructions that no rent was to be asked until such times as the tenants were able to pay. Later, in many instances, he cancelled the arrears altogether.
When things improved, the tenants got together and decided to raise this tall pillar as a mark of their gratitude to Baron Panmure.
And, as this gentleman was still in vigorous health at that time, it was obviously intended as a testimonial, not a memorial."
More information about the Panmure Estate and its history, together with information about some notable buildings on the Estate, photographs, etc. can be seen above and elsewhere on this site, Panmure 1, Panmure 2, Panmure 3, Panmure 4, Panmure 5 Panmure 6, Panmure 7, Panmure 8 and Panmure 9.
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