WHEN Sir John Carr was in Glasgow, about the year
1807, he was asked by the magistrates to give his advice concerning the
inscription to be placed on the Nelson monument, then just completed.
Sir John recommended as a brief and appropriate epigraph,— "Glasgow to
"Just so," said one of the Glasgow bailies; "and
as the toon o’ Nelson’s (Neilston?) close at hand, might we no juist
say, ‘Glasgow to Nelson, sax miles’? and so it might serve for a
monument and a milestone too."