Found on the upper tier of the south-west buttress of the Scott
Halbert Glendinning (from the novels 'The Monastery, 1820, and
'The Abbot', 1820), is depicted as a sturdy man at arms, a warrior
and a statesman.
The elder son of Simon Glendinning (killed at the Battle of Pinkie,
1547), Halbert is "hasty, wild, and inconsiderate", and
as a youth has vowed to "call none lord, but him who wears
a sword to make his title good."
In 'The Monastery', he, like his brother Edward, loves Mary of
Avenel, whose hand he eventually wins. Before this, however, he
is involved in a duel with the English knight Sir Piercie Shafton,
leaves him for dead, and flees to enter the service of the Earl
In 'The Abbot', which is set ten years later in 1567 to 1568, Halbert
has matured. As the Knight of Avenel, he is "a kind and beneficent
overlord", and, to Murray, "a steady friend, strong in
battle and wise in council".
About the Sculptor
David Watson Stevenson (1842 to 1904)
Stevenson was born in Ratho, Midlothian, on 25 March 1842, and
died in Edinburgh on 18 March 1904. He trained at the Trustees School
and Life School, and later also in Rome, before working under William
Brodie for eight years.
While assistant to Sir John Steell, he did statues of ‘Science’,
‘Learning’ and ‘Labour’ for the Scottish
National Memorial to the Prince Consort in Charlotte Square. His
statue of Robert Burns (1898) is in Bernard Street, Leith. Others
include ‘Sir John Steell when sculptor to Her Majesty for
Scotland’ (1887) and ‘Napier of Murchiston’ (1898)
both now in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Also on the Scott Monument, the figures of Queen Mary, James VI,
Charles I, The Fair Maid of Perth, and Montrose.
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