Found on the west facade of the Scott monument.
The ‘Dougal Cratur’ (from the novel 'Rob Roy', 1817) looks like a wild
character, wearing a kilt and sheepskin waistcoat, holding a circular
shield or ‘targe’ and a dagger. He looks ready to fight
or do battle.
Formerly a prisoner in the Glasgow Tolbooth, Dougal Gregor has
subsequently become the turnkey, and as such admits Frank Osbaldistone
in the company of "Mr Campbell" (Rob Roy in disguise),
when they go to visit Owen, the imprisoned head clerk of Osbaldistone
Dougal, says Frank, "was a wild, shock-headed looking animal,
whose profusion of red hair covered and obscured his features, which
were otherwise only characterised by the extravagant joy that affected
him at the sight of my guide. In my experience I have met nothing
so absolutely resembling my idea of a very uncouth, wild, and ugly
savage, adoring the idol of his tribe."
Dougal's is devoted to Rob Roy and pleases him by leading Captain
Thornton's soldiers into an ambush. "Wha' wad hae thought,"
Rob comments, "there had been as muckle sense in his tatty
pow, that ne'er had a better covering than his ain shaggy hassock
About the Sculptor
Charles McBryde (1853 to 1903)
Charles McBryde was an Edinburgh sculptor who lived at 7 Hope
Street Lane and created several portrait busts in marble.
He exhibited works at the Royal Academy in 1890 - these included
busts of Archibald Campbell, 3rd Marquis of Argyll (1897) for St
Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.
Other works include a bust of Andrew Carnegie (1891) for Edinburgh
Central Public Library. Also fine portrait busts of Thomas Carlyle
(1885), Sir Alex Grant, Principal of the University (1887), and
Sir William Muir, Principal of the University (1900).
McBryde's works can also be found in the Scottish National Portrait
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