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John Lamont - Inverey, Aberdeenshire, UK.
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa
N 56° 59.113 W 003° 29.950
30V E 469664 N 6315851
Quick Description: Granite monument commemorating locally born John Lamont, Scottish-German astronomer, who as Johann von Lamont became the Astronomer Royal of Bavaria.
Location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/17/2019 10:46:35 AM
Waymark Code: WM11FZZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
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Long Description:

This memorial can be found at the hamlet of Inverey, four miles west of Braemar in the Highlands of Scotland. It commemorates John Lamont who was born nearby at Corriemulzie.

John Lamont was born on December 13th 1805, and was educated locally until in 1817, after the death of his father, he was sent to St.James Monastery in Ratisbon, Germany. He began to work in astronomy and eventually became Professor of Astronomy at Munich University in 1852. Among his most important work was the magnetism of the Earth, and calculating the orbits of the moons of Uranus and Saturn. Having Germanised his name to Johann von Lamont, in 1864 he was awarded the Merit Order of the Bavarian Crown by the King of Bavaria. He died on August 6th 1879 and was buried near Munich.

In 1934 the Deeside Field Club erected a granite memorial in the style of a cairn at Inverey which was unveiled by Sir James Jeans. The north face contains the following inscription:

'THIS STONE COMMEMORATES JOHN LAMONT

1805-1879

WHO WAS BORN AT CORRIEMULZIE

HIS NAME IS WRITTEN IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE AS

JOHANN VON LAMONT

ASTRONOMER ROYAL OF BAVARIA'

On the opposite (south) side is inscribed the following:

'DAY UNTO DAY UTTERETH SPEECH AND NIGHT UNTO NIGHT SHEWETH KNOWLEDGE'

The monument lies on the southern side of the road that runs westwards from Braemar to the Linn of Dee, and is a few yards east of a car parking area.

Website with more information on either the memorial or the person(s) it is dedicated to: [Web Link]

Location: Adjacent to the car park at Inverey

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