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Balmoral Castle, Statue of John Brown

A Category A Listed Building in Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.0343 / 57°2'3"N

Longitude: -3.2211 / 3°13'15"W

OS Eastings: 325990

OS Northings: 794350

OS Grid: NO259943

Mapcode National: GBR W7.BTMX

Mapcode Global: WH6MC.HGD9

Entry Name: Balmoral Castle, Statue of John Brown

Listing Date: 12 March 2010

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 400425

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB51493

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Crathie and Braemar

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Parish: Crathie And Braemar

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1883. Bronze full-height statue of Queen Victoria's servant, John Brown. Kilted figure with cap in hand. Sited on granite outcrop in woods to SE of Castle, behind Baile-na-Coille, on inscribed pedestal, with bronze base inscribed with sculptor and date.

Statement of Interest

The statue was moved to its present site after Queen Victoria's death. The pedestal inscription reads: 'Friend more than Servant, Loyal, Truthful, Brave, Selfless than Duty even to the Grave'. These words were suggested to the Queen by Tennyson, and although he said they were anonymous she suspected that he himself had written them. Boehm (1834-1890) was a leading Victorian sculptor of Hungarian descent and Austrian by birth, appointed as Sculptor-in-Ordinary to the Queen. He is particularly famous for the statue of the monarch and that of Prince Albert in London's Fleet Street, and of Wellington at Hyde Park Corner.

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