Found on the lower tier on the South East buttress of the Scott
Diana Vernon (from the novel 'Rob Roy', 1817) is shown as a heroine,
wearing a ladies riding habit. In her right hand she holds her gloves;
her left is pointing to the ground in front of her as if summoning
The cousin of the novel's hero, Frank Osbaldistone, whom she eventually
marries, Di Vernon is a beautiful, high-spirited, fox-hunting, horse-riding
Amazon upon whom, she tells Frank, "compliments are entirely
"I am a girl, and not a young fellow, and would
be shut up in a madhouse if I did half the things I have a mind
Her "frank and unreserved disposition" and "smooth
brow", however, hide an "aching heart" and a set
of Jacobite and Catholic intrigues - "such a series of nets,
and toils, and entanglements, that I dare hardly speak a word for
fear of consequences…" True to her nature, and unlike
many of Scott's heroines, Di does actively participate in the adventures
of the novel.
About the Sculptor
George A. Lawson (1832 to 1904)
Lawson was born in Edinburgh and died in Richmond, Surrey. He
studied at the Trustees Academy under RS Lauder and became a pupil
of Alexander Handyside Ritchie. He specialized in portrait busts
in bronze, terracotta and marble and exhibited at the Royal Scottish
Academy in 1860, and elected as HRSA (Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy) in 1884.
He also sculpted Bailie Nicol Jarvie on the Scott Monument, the
frieze on Glasgow City Chambers depicting the countries of the World
paying homage to Great Britain and Queen Victoria (1888), and the
Wellington Monument in Liverpool.
A bronze figure of a boy ‘Summer’ is in the George
Watsons College, Edinburgh.
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