Location: Innerwick, East Lothian, Scotland
At the roadside heading west from Innerwick Village to Thurston House is a memorial drinking fountain and horse trough commissioned by Richard Hunter of Thurston to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.
The spring fed fountain is housed in a Dutch gable end of red sandstone ashlar. Originally, it was surmounted with a globe finial which has since been lost or destroyed, due to vandalism or negligence.
On the left side of the base is an arrow shaped symbol carved into the stone. Used in ordnance survey it is known as a trig point.
A slate plaque is engraved in the gable head: A Man Of Kindness / To His Beast Is Kind / But Brutal Actions / Show A Brutal Mind / Remember! He Who Made Thee / Made The Brute / Who Gave Thee Speech And Reason / Formed Him Mute / He Can’t Complain / But God’s All-Seeing Eye / Beholds Thy Cruelty / And Hears His Cry / He Was Designed Thy Servant / Not Thy Drudge / Remember! His Creator / Is Thy Judge
The cast iron drinking fountain is number 16 (3 feet 3 inches high and 2 feet 7 inches wide) manufactured by the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow. The wall mounted drinking fountain is in the form of a round arch trimmed with highly decorated fret detail and rope moulding. The recessed interior of the arch contains a shell lunette from which a tap protrudes, and a dedication in bas-relief, VR Jubilee 1887. A single drinking cup on a chain was formerly suspended from a palmette finial.
Seated on a concave base, the animal trough contains the manufacturer’s stamp, Walter Macfarlane & Co. / Saracen Foundry / Glasgow. This trough is casting number 24 with a basin at ground level for dogs.
In the year 2000 the cast iron structures were repainted, and the trough was used as a flower planter. Although recorded as a Category B Historic Listing on 17 May 1989, the memorial has been neglected and is now overgrown.
Status per 2016
- Ashlar, finely cut stone
- Bas-relief, sculpted material that has been raised from the background to create a slight projection from the surface
- Dutch Gable (also known as Flemish gable), a gable whose sides have a shape made up of one or more curves
- Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
- Fret, running or repeated ornament
- Lunette, the half-moon shaped space framed by an arch, often containing a window or painting
- Palmette, a decorative motif resembling the fan shaped leaves of a palm tree