Minna Troil (from the novel 'The Pirate',
1821), is depicted wrapped in a long cloak, with flowing hair, holding
a pistol across her heart with which to defend her sister.
One of the two daughters of Shetland landowner Magnus Troil, who
is descended from noble Norse ancestors. Minna is noted for her
"stately form and dark eyes", "raven locks and finely-pencilled
She is a "lover of solitude", virtuous, contemplative
and high-minded: "there was something in the serious beauty
of her aspect, in the measured yet graceful ease of her motions,
in the music of her voice, and the serene purity of her eye, that
seemed as if Minna Troil belonged naturally to some higher and better
sphere, and was only the chance visitant of a world that was not
worthy of her."
When she falls in love with the English pirate Captain Cleveland,
in her innocence she is captivated by his "daring gallantry"
and fails to see his pride and lack of principle, imagining him
like some ancient Norse Sea-King rather than a modern buccaneer.
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. (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 in 1886.
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