1857 – Cole Monument, Forthill Park , Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh



Cole’s Monument is one of the most prominent landmarks on Enniskillen’s skyline. Started in 1845, the monument took twelve years to complete. It is built in memory of General the Honourable Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole. The monument takes the form of a Doric column, topped by a statue of the general. A series of 108 spiral steps lead to a viewing platform with magnificent views of Enniskillen and the surrounding area. The statue was by Terence Farrell however the architect is unknown.

Cole had distinguished himself in the Peninsular War and later became Governor of Cape Colony. During the wars with France, Cole served in the French West Indies, Martinique and Guadeloupe; the names of these and other campaigns in which he was involved are engraved on the side of the monument.He was the second son of the first Earl of Enniskillen, a Member of Parliament in the Irish House of Commons for the family seat of Enniskillen from 1797 to 1800 and represented Fermanagh in the British House of Commons in 1803.