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Lermontov in Scotland

The anticipated unveiling of a bronze bust of Mikhail Yurievitch Lermontov took place in the Scottish Borders town of Earlston on Friday 3rd October 2014 - the bicentenary of his birth. Even the torrential rain, which necessitated the unveiling taking place under cover, didn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance; perhaps the distribution of a Quaich filled with another spirit, played its part.

Friday’s unveiling was attended by both local and foreign dignitaries and was preceded by a civic reception at Council Chambers, Scottish Borders Council Headquarters.


As for the bust unveiled on Friday; it will be mounted on a stone plinth in the gardens in Earlston square, and, when the necessary funding has been procured, be replaced by a full size statue in bronze and local stone. An interpretation panel inscribed with the relevant information on the link between Mikhail Lermontov, the Learmonths and Thomas the Rhymer will also be forthcoming when funds allow.

It is hoped that, in years to come, the feature will become a focal point in the village square and a meeting place for descendants of the two families. Perhaps an organised gathering of Learmonths and Lermontovs could become an annual occurrence. Not only that, but more importantly, it will serve to educate future generations on their local history.     

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Press reports: RBTH  ….Southern Reporter

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