Why David Livingstone’s Famous Discovery Was Replicated as a Tribute?

By | July 31, 2019

To mark his discovery, now on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, he carved his initials and the date on the bark of a tree and renamed the spot in honour of the Queen, Victoria Falls.

Thousands of miles away in West Lothian, his close friend and benefactor, shale oil industry pioneer James “Paraffin” Young, was equally thrilled – so much so he set about creating what must rank as one of the strangest of tributes to the great explorer.

Now the replica Victoria Falls he created at his estate near Polbeth is at the heart of a four-year project to rejuvenate and clean a stretch of the River Almond and its neighbouring River Avon, so wild salmon, sea trout, brown trout and lamprey can return to spawning grounds for the first time in 200 years.

The Limefield Falls – unlike Victoria Falls which is a mile wide and drops 350ft, they are a mere 8ft high – was created as a tribute to the explorer on a stretch of the Almond where dozens of weirs had already been built to serve the mills and generate power for mines and emerging 18th century industries.

Source: How Victoria Falls tribute will bring fish back to river | HeraldScotland

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