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of Genr  Neill in bronze - around the base of the pedestal is a beautiful reproduction of the last scene of the Hero's life - The inscription is as follows:
"James George Smith-Neill C.B. A.D.C. to the Queen - Liet Col in the Madras Army - Brigadier Genr,  in India - a brave resolute self-reliant soldier, universally acknowledged as the first who stemmed the torrent of rebellion in Bengal. He fell gloriously at the Relief of Lucknow 25th Sept. 57 aged 47."  A counterpart of this Statue is also erected in India.  On the day of the inauguration at Ayr Mrs. Neill heard of the death at [indecipherable] of her last surviving son, and an address was presented to her on the occasion by Ld  Eglantor from the County.  Returned home to a late dinner -
22nd Drove to Blair the beautiful property of Captain Blair - the old Mansion dates from 1006 is picturesquely situated in extensive grounds - in the gardens is a [indecipherable] of considerable [indecipherable] & many curious specimens of fossils & petrefactions found in the mines the Estate.  The [indecipherable] derived from these mines 

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