Sir Piercie Shafton
Found on the east facade of the Scott Monument.
Sir Piercie Shafton (from the novel 'The Monastery', 1820) is shown
as a foppish character in doublet and hose and is tweaking or twirling
A cousin of the Duke of Northumberland, Sir Piercie is an English
knight remarkable for his high-flown chivalric language and absurd
devotions to the excesses of courtly behaviour. Forced to take refuge
in Scotland because of political indiscretions in England, he infuriates
Halbert Glendinning with his arrogance and vanity, and fights him
in a duel.
His ornate discourse falls flat on Mary of Avenel, but "was
marvellous to the ears of Mysie the Miller's daughter, and not the
less so that she did not comprehend the meaning of a single word
which he uttered". Mysie Happer becomes devoted to Sir Piercie,
and in the end so does he to her. As the Abbot says of him, "He
is a coxcomb, my lords, but he is a generous, though a vain fool."
About the Sculptor
Clark Stanton (1832 to 1894)
George Clark Stanton was born in Birmingham in 1832 and died in
Edinburgh on the 8th January 1894. He was educated at King Edward’s
Grammar School and Birmingham School of Art, where he studied silversmithing.
He was also a painter of portraits, portrait miniatures and rustic
subjects, often on a romantic, literary and historical theme.
“His heroines wore richly coloured dresses and
his backgrounds are finely detailed, yet his pictures carry great
conviction and never appear like theatrical charades”.
While working for Elkington and Mason he was sent to Florence to
study Renaissance sculpture and metalwork. In 1855 he settled in
Edinburgh and lived at 1 Ramsay Lane, but sold very few artworks
during his life and was continuously in debt. He was elected ARSA
(Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy) in 1862 and RSA in 1885.
Other works include bronze panels on the Buccleuch Memorial on
the Royal Mile, and statues of ‘Army and Navy’ on the
Albert Memorial in Charlotte Square.
Other figures on the Scott Monument are Friar Tuck, Rebecca, and
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