Found on the west facade of the Scott Monument.
George Buchanan is shown as a scholar wearing loose robes and holding
a textbook, his demeanour is serious.
The great humanist, poet and Protestant theorist and poet George
Buchanan (circa 1506 to 1582) is one of three historical figures
(cf. Charles I and John Knox) represented in the Scott Monument
who do not appear as characters in any of the novels or poems.
In 'Tales of a Grandfather', Scott briefly mentions Buchanan as
"the celebrated scholar" who composed "some severe
satires against the corruptions of the Roman Catholic religion".
In 'The Fortunes of Nigel', he is recalled as James VI's rigorous
tutor. Scott describes the office of whipping-boy, the holder of
which received all the corporal punishment which should otherwise
have been visited upon the sacred person of the young King. But,
Scott says, "Under the stern rule of George Buchanan, who did
not approve of the vicarious mode of punishment, James bore the
penance of his own faults", a fact which did not endear him
to his pupil.
About the Sculptor
John Rhind (1828 to 1892)
Born in Banff, John Rhind was the son of a master stonemason and
descended from a line of stonemasons since the early 18th century.
He studied sculpture in the studio of Alexander ‘Handyside’
Ritchie, and his son, William Birnie Rhind also became a sculptor
and created statues for the Monument. Rhind was elected ARSA (Associate
of the Royal Scottish Academy) in 1892, but died before signing
the membership roll.
His portrait busts include ‘William Gladstone’ 1886
for the Scottish Liberal Club, ‘Victoria and Albert’,
‘Darwin’, ‘Michaelangelo’ and ‘Newton’
all 1859 which can all be found in the Royal Scottish Museum. He
executed a fine statue of William Chambers (1890) in bronze in Chambers
Street and one of Dick (1883) at the Royal Veterinary College.
Rhind also has other statues in the National Gallery of Scotland,
Scottish National Portrait Gallery and St Giles Cathedral.
His statues on the Scott Monument are Ivanhoe, John Knox, Rob
Roy, Lucy Ashton, Ravenswood, Dugald Dalgetty, George Buchanan and
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