Robert Burns, whole monument

Robert Burns (1759-96)

George Edwin Ewing (1828-1884), assisted by Francis Leslie (1833-94), with reliefs by James Alexander Ewing (1843-1900)

1876-7 for the statue, unveiled 1877; 1885-7 for the reliefs

Bronze, on a granite pedestal, with bronze reliefs depicting scenes from Burns's poems

George Square, Glasgow

Burns had no particular association with Glasgow, and the move to erect a memorial to him in George Square triggered rival calls for a memorial to Thomas Campbell, a locally- born and -educated poet, also so far overlooked. The monument to Burns was erected in January 1877, and that to Campbell in December 1877. In retrospect, perhaps it was fitting for the city to honour Scotland's most famous poet first.

  • Statue and base
  • Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2009.

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