Friday, 12 August 2011

The Donovan Memorial (The Donovan Monument)

Situated in Marlpool Cemetery, Derbyshire, The Donovan Monument pays tribute to one Lardner Dionysius Donovan MD (unconnected with the similarly-named 19th century science writer AFAIK)  who died 22 August 1864 at the age of 30.

On one side of the monument we get the bare facts - name, age, date - together with a succinct statement "He went about doing good".

On another side, we get a fuller account ; "This monument was erected by public subscription as a token of gratitude towards and of esteem for Dr Donovan  and in recognition of his unwearying attention and kindness towards the suffering poor and of the faithful discharge of all his professional duties."

The monument is Grade II listed, a fitting tribute to a remarkable man. One could wish that the William Longdon monument in Ilkeston enjoyed equal protection (see `William Longdon of Cotmanhay`, this blog, 4 Dec 2010 !).

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