Balmashanner War Memorial
2-3 September 2017
War Memorials vary in scale and design, but few have the presence of the tower on Balmashanner Hill, known locally as Boammie. Built between 1920 and 1921 to the design of T.R. Soutar, and erected in the memory of the "Men of Forfar and District who fell in the Great War 19-14-18" this war memorial is a battlemented and turreted tower of local sandstone which rises 572 feet a mile south of the centre of Forfar, with access gained by tracts from the east (Lour Road) and the west (Dundee Road) and is a prominent landmark, visible from a considerable distance.It is very similar in outline to the 1901 Airlie Monument on Tulloch Hill, Glen Prosen which is also taking part in Doors Open Day.The high vantage point affords extensive views over the Vale of Strathmore to the west and the Braes of Angus to the north. Close to the War Memorial is an indicator gifted to the town in 1929 by James Anderson, a Forfar businessman and financier which describes the names and heights of the mountains in the surrounding hills.