Ancestry Family Trees ancestry.com The George Buchanan monument is an eighteenth century monument erected to the memory of one of the Buchanan clan's most notable members. George Buchanan was born in 1506, one of the Drummakill Buchanans. He was a 16th century poet who schooled in Paris and was renowned throughout Europe as a Latin scholar. He was a tutor to Mary Queen of Scots and latter to her son, James VI&I. His writings (in which he valued truth above political correctness) put him in trouble with the Church and the King and Queen. The monument was built in 1788 with the foundation stone being laid by the Reverend James Graham, the parish minister in June, 1788. It is 103 feet high and is 19 feet square at the base. It is owned and maintained by the Buchanan Society, the world's oldest clan society.