The Cobb Monument

The Cobb Monument

Extracts from the Glenurquhart Rural Community Association Minutes 1952-1953


7th October 1952

A meeting was held in Blairbeg Hall, Drumnadrochit of the Community Association at 8pm. A member of the Committee put forward a suggestion that some thought should be given by the community as to how to commemorate the death of Mr Cobb. The Committee decided to issue a statement to the effect that a cairn, simple and in keeping with the natural surroundings would be erected by the Association, if possible on a site overlooking the stretch of water on Loch Ness which John Cobb had made famous. A special sub-commitee was appointed.

4th November 1952

The special memorial sub-commitee reported that suitable site had been given a local farmer. The Association conveyed their thanks to the farmer. Submissions were to be asked from competent designers to draw up plans for a suitable memorial cairn which were then to be sent to Mrs Cobb for approval.

6th January 1953

The Association received a letter from the John Cobb trustees stating that the cairn be erected by "The People of the Glen". The Commitee recommended that the three designs received should be submitted to the Cobb trustees together with a letter stating the Memorial Commitees preference to the design by Mr George Bain.

3rd February 1953

A letter was received from Mrs Cobb in which she stated her whole-hearted approval of the Commitees choice of memorial, similar approval was also received from the John Cobb trustees. It was arranged that the Commitee should meet Mr Bain at an early date and discuss further steps.

3rd March 1953

The Chairman reported that Mr Bain had begun work and was seeking estimates.

7th April 1953

The chairman announced that Mr Bain had in hand his share of the work and that Mr MacDonald, Blairbeg was willing to undertake the masonary work.

5th May 1953

It was announced at the meeting that the plaster cast of the bronze plaque was ready and that Mr Bain had done an exceptionally fine piece of work. Details of the masonary work were then discussed and it was decided to allocate 100 for the preparation of the site and the haulage of materials.

7th July 1953

It was reported that the site plans for the memorial had been approved by the local planning authority and the Ministry of Transport so the work could proceed. The bronze plaque was also ready and authority was given for the 28-7-6d cost to be paid. An agreement was reached for the work to proceed and a site meeting was arranged for the 9th July 1953.

9th July 1953

The Committee met at the proposed memorial site. The media was present and Mr George Bain gave a statement explaining the symbolism on the memorial plaque. An appeal was to be made for funding and an approach was to be made to a postcard manufacturer with regard to pictures of the memorial and plaque. The official opening was provisionally fixed for 29th September 1953 - the first anniversary of Mr Cobb's death. It was also decided to contact relatives of the late Mr Cobb to ascertain who should unveil the memorial.

1st September 1953

The memorial was said to be practically finished and money collected so far amounted to 33-15/- with more to come in. It was proposed again that a message be inserted in the press inviting people outwith the 'Glen' to contribute. Mr Cobb's sister, Mrs Holloway, would unveil the memorial cairn and Mr Cobb's brother, Gerald Cobb, would be present. An informal tea was to be held in the village hall after the ceremony, the time of the ceremony being fixed at 2.30pm.

6th October 1953

The memorial service had been carried out most successfully and had been radio broadcast and televised. Letters of appreciation were read and various members of the Commitee made excellent addresses. With regard to finance the cost so far amounted to 119, and the fund stood at 100.

6th April 1954

The total expenditure for the memorial was now known, 214-8/-. Donations amounted to 106-3/- which left a deficit of 108-5/- which was to be met from the general Community Association Fund.

The John Cobb Memorial Cairn still stands today overlooking the spot where a brave man gave his life in pursuit of national glory, it also stands as a monument to the people of a community who in hard times undertook a difficult financial task to commemorate a man they held and still hold in great esteem.

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