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Rob Roy Statue


(The Mannie on the Rock)

The Rob Roy Statue (also known as The Mannie on the Rock) is a colourful depiction of the folk-hero which is visible from the bridge carrying the A93 road across the Culter Burn to the west of Peterculter on the western edge of Aberdeen City. It commemorates an incident whereby Rob Roy MacGregor (1671 - 1734) is supposed to have jumped across the river near here, chased by the English army. The first statue to be placed here was the brightly-painted figurehead taken from the whaling ship Rob Roy brought from Aberdeen Harbour, to which legs, a canvas kilt and leaden boots were added by John Anderson, a carter employed at the nearby paper mill. The wooden statue has needed to be replaced over the years, first in 1870, again in 1926 and most recently in 1991. The 1926 statue went to a local hotel, but was bought by the community in 2002 and can now be seen in St. Peter's Heritage Centre in Peterculter.


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