Richard Coeur de Lion
Found on the upper tier of the South East buttress of the Scott
Richard Coeur de Lion (from the novels 'Ivanhoe', 1819, 'The Betrothed',
1825, 'The Talisman', 1825) is depicted wearing a crown and clad
in chain mail, resting his hands on his shield and sword hilt.
In 'Ivanhoe', Scott introduces Richard I in disguise as the Black
Knight of the Fetterlock, back in England after his imprisonment
in Austria while returning from the Crusades in Palestine. He helps
Ivanhoe in his struggles against the supporters of John, who aspires
to the throne in his brother's absence. Scott describes Richard
as "gay, good-humoured, and fond of manhood in every rank of
life", "a generous, but rash and romantic monarch".
In 'The Betrothed' he is said, in comparison with John, to be "as
much too hot as his brother is too cold", and in 'The Talisman',
Scott is yet more critical, writing of his "reckless impatience"
and "uncurbed haughtiness".
About the Sculptress
Mrs Amelia Robertson Paton (Mrs D.O. Hill), 1820 to 1904
Amelia Robertson Paton was a sculptress whose most notable work
was the statue of Dr. Livingstone, the missionary explorer, which
stands next to the Scott Monument (1869).
Other works include: The head and crown from the kings tomb at
Fontainbleu; a bust of ‘John Fergus M.P.’(1861) in Kirkaldy
Town Hall; ‘Countess of Elgin and Kincardine (1864); ‘James
Wemyss of Wemyss M.P., Fife County Hall (1866); ‘Sir George
Harvey, President of the R.S.A.(Royal Scottish Academy in 1867);
‘Thomas Carlyle’ (1867); ‘Sir Joseph Noel Paton’
and her husband D.O. Hill (1869) and a bronze bust of her husband
- David Octavius Hill, which was erected in the Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh
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