Collins Fountain

Collins Fountain, Glasgow Green
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Collins Fountain, Glasgow Green

A granite monument located close to the W entrance to Glasgow Green, the Collins Fountain was unveiled on 29th October 1881 to recognise the contribution to the temperance cause of Sir William Collins (1817-95), owner of the Collins publishing firm and Lord Provost of Glasgow (1877-80). He, and his father, were staunch supporters of the temperance movement at a time when alcohol abuse was rife in the city. The fountain comprises a girl with a pitcher atop a short Doric column mounted on a substantial base. Moved to its present location in 1992, it is, like most other public drinking fountains, unfortunately no longer operational.

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