Battle of Alford plaque removed from plinth

A plaque to mark where the Battle of Alford was fought more than 350 years ago has been vandalised.
A plaque to mark where the Battle of Alford was fought more than 350 years ago has been vandalised.

A COMMEMORATIVE plaque to mark where the Battle of Alford was fought more than 350 years ago has been vandalised.

The bronze plaque marking the site of the battle has been removed from its granite plinth.

The plaque was presented by the First Marquis of Montrose Society, in 2007.

Plans to highlight the 17th century conflict suffered a setback in 2006 when a wooden information board about the battle was vandalised - just two weeks after it was erected.

Alford Local History Group, however, pressed ahead with its aim to create a tourist attraction that will act as a constant reminder of the battle, which gave Royalist forces control over the north of Scotland.

During the battle the Royalist army suffered the loss of Lord George Gordon and local historians believe that the stone on which he was laid out is situated in the village’s Murray Park.

On July 21, the Local History Group unveiled the commemorative plaque, near the Gordon Stane in the Murray Park, which was felt to be an appropriate location to mark where the battle took place.

Guide posts in Haughton Park an Murray Park were also erected to assist walkers to find the Gordon Stane.