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Equestrian Statue Of A Border Riever, Galashiels

A Category B Listed Building in Galashiels, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6146 / 55°36'52"N

Longitude: -2.8066 / 2°48'23"W

OS Eastings: 349291

OS Northings: 635957

OS Grid: NT492359

Mapcode National: GBR 83VJ.55

Mapcode Global: WH7WN.V4PN

Plus Code: 9C7VJ57V+R9

Entry Name: Equestrian Statue Of A Border Riever, Galashiels

Listing Name: Cornmill Square, Equestrian Statue of a Border Reiver

Listing Date: 12 March 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 373374

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB31978

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Galashiels

County: Scottish Borders

Town: Galashiels

Electoral Ward: Galashiels and District

Traditional County: Selkirkshire

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Thomas J Clapperton, dated 1925. Bronze statue depicting 17th century border reiver soldier mounted on horse. Set on 3-tiered coursed ashlar plinth, central to the steps of the Burgh Chamber and War Memorial.

Statement of Interest

The statue is prominently sited between R S Lorimer's (1864-1929), Galashiels War Memorial and commemorative Cornmill Fountain over the mill lade at the heart of the town, in the area formerly used for public meetings.

The sculptor Thomas J Clapperton (1879-1962), was local to Galashiels although he went on to study in both Glasgow and London, before settling and setting up a studio in London. He was a prominent and prolific sculptor who produced fine quality memorials and sculptures throughout Britain and abroad. The statue is of historical significance to the borders and even more so because it was executed by such a well respected local artist.

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