Found on the south facade of the Scott Monument.
Peter Peebles (from the novel 'Redgauntlet', 1824) is looking somewhat
dishevelled shown in tricorn hat, waistcoat, frockcoat, trews and
buckled shoes, with an air of careworn resignation
Peter Peebles is the eccentric, obsessed plaintiff in the case
'Peebles against Plainstanes', which the reluctant advocate Alan
Fairford takes on. The case has dragged on for fifteen years, leaving
a trail of confusion - "the Augean mass of Peter Peebles's
law-matters" - and Alan's father does not think that "even
you, Alan, can do it much harm - ye may get credit by it, but ye
can lose none".
Peter has become the "old scarecrow of Parliament House",
and cannot live without his law-case: "It is grandeur upon
earth," he declares, "to hear ane's name thunnered out
along the long-arched roof of the Outer House".
About the Sculptor
William Grant Stevenson (1849 to 1919)
Born in Ratho, Midlothian, William Grant Stevenson was the younger
brother of David Watson Stevenson. He was educated in the parish
school and later trained at Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal
Scottish Academy life class, where he gained one gold and two silver
His most important works are statues of Robert Burns in Kilmarnock,
Denver and Chicago, and Sir William Wallace in Duthie Park, Aberdeen
His statues on the Scott Monument are of Caleb Balderstone, The
Abbess and Peter Peebles.
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