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Sculptured Group, Braehead Mains, 603 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh

A Category B Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.963 / 55°57'46"N

Longitude: -3.3159 / 3°18'57"W

OS Eastings: 317947

OS Northings: 675229

OS Grid: NT179752

Mapcode National: GBR 23.XC0Q

Mapcode Global: WH6SK.1D80

Plus Code: 9C7RXM7M+6J

Entry Name: Sculptured Group, Braehead Mains, 603 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh

Listing Name: Braehead Mains, Statuary Group

Listing Date: 14 December 1970

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 337036

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB5553

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200337036

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Almond

Traditional County: Midlothian

Tagged with: Statue

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Robert Forrest, circa 1836. Equestrian group depicting James V mounted on rearing horse attacked by pedestrian brigand in Craigleith stone set on later sandstone platform; integral tooled sandstone panel inscribed "James V attacked at Cramond Brig AD 1532".

Statement of Interest

Originally situated within the grounds of Clermiston House (demolished), this equestrian group is now set in the courtyard to the front of Braehead Mains (itself not currently listed). The group is a good example of the work of Robert Forrest (1790-1852), a self-taught, Lanark-based sculptor, who began his career as a stone mason. His first patron, Colonel Gordon, came upon him whilst out shooting, carving animal figures out of a quarry-face. Immediately impressed, Gordon commissioned a figure of Bacchus and proceeded to recommend Forrest to numerous acquaintances. From this point on, the stone mason's career as a sculptor was firmly established. In 1830, he exhibited various equestrian groups in Edinburgh - an exhibition which was to become one of the most popular sights in the city. The groups included the Duke of Marlborough, the Duke of Wellington, Robert the Bruce and the Monk, and Queen Mary and Lord Herries. Before his death in 1852, Forrest had executed 30 groups and statues for the exhibition - of which, this may have been one.

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