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William Brodie


1815 - 1881

Sculptor. Born in Banff, the son of a ship's master, Brodie became an apprentice plumber. However his talents were recognised and he was sent to Edinburgh to continue his education. He gained a scholarship to study sculpture in Rome. He became a specialist in busts and statues, with some of his works forming part of the Scott Monument, together with a statue of surgeon Sir James Young Simpson in Princes Street Gardens. His most famous and certainly most photographed work is that of the dog Greyfriar's Bobby mounted on a granite plinth opposite the entrance to Greyfriar's Kirk. Brodie's daughter married architect Sir James Gowans (1821-90).


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