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John Rhind


1828 - 1892

Sculptor. Born in Banff, the son of a master-mason, Rhind trained in Edinburgh under Alexander Handyside Ritchie (1804-70), remaining in the city of the rest of his life. Rhind is noted for numerous sculptures, statues and monuments in the city, including contributions to the Scott Monument, the unicorn figure on the Mercat Cross on the Royal Mile (1869), the pulpit, font and sculpture around the West Door of St. Giles Kirk (1883-4), the Biggar Memorial Fountain in Banff (1878), the Catherine Sinclair Monument (1888), the statue of Sir William Chambers in Chambers Street (1891), together with figures in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle and Glasgow City Chambers.

He lies buried in Warriston Cemetery (Edinburgh). He was the father of the sculptors W. Birnie Rhind (1853 - 1933) and J. Massey Rhind (1860 - 1936), and architect and civil servant Sir Thomas Duncan Rhind (1871 - 1927).


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