Found on the north facade of the Scott Monument.
Ravenswood (from the novel 'The Bride of Lammermoor', 1819) is
shown in a very thoughtful pose, stroking his beard. He is dressed
in a tunic and long flowing cloak.
Edgar, the Master of Ravenswood, is left impoverished after his
father's death, the latter having been deprived of his title for
supporting James II and VII during the 1689 Revolution, and dispossessed
of his estate by the legal trickery of Sir William Ashton. His father's
thirst for vengeance against Ashton "had quenched the light
and ingenuous vivacity of youth in a countenance singularly fitted
to display both", and Edgar's character is sombre and brooding,
yet also fiery.
Wolf's Crag, the ruinous tower which is his sole possession, is
a fitting home for him. He overcomes his family prejudices by falling
for Sir William's daughter Lucy, but their love is foiled by her
scheming and domineering mother. Learning of Lucy's marriage to
the Laird of Bucklaw, Ravenswood challenges Lucy's brother and husband
to a duel. He dies in a quicksand while galloping furiously along
the shore to meet his enemies.
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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