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Thomas Guthrie (1803–1873)
Thomas Guthrie (1803–1873)
Thomas Guthrie (1803–1873)
Thomas Guthrie (1803–1873)
Thomas Guthrie (1803–1873)
Thomas Guthrie (1803–1873)
Thomas Guthrie (1803–1873)

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Dr Guthrie was a preacher and philanthropist, and founder of the Ragged Schools. He is depicted standing, with one hand on the shoulder of a boy and the other holding a bible. The sculpture is mounted on a tall, corniced pedestal with wreaths, torus moulding and inscriptions.

Date

1907–1910

Medium

Portland stone

Measurements

H 366 x W (?) x D (?) cm;
Plinth: H 369 x W 203 x D 203 cm

Accession number

EH2_GB_S009

Acquisition method

Alexander Guthrie

Work type

Statue

Owner

City of Edinburgh Council

Custodian

City of Edinburgh Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

B (Scotland)

Unveiling date

3rd October 1910

Listing date

14/12/70

Access

at all times

Signature/marks description

east side of proximal plinth: F. W. POMEROY A. R. A. / SCULPTOR 1910

Inscription description

THOMAS GUTHRIE / D. D. / PREACHER – PHILANTHROPIST. / 1803 – 1873; east side: BORN AT BRECHIN / FORFARSHIRE. / MINISTER SUCCESSIVELY OF ARBIRLOT / AND OF GREYFRIARS / AND ST JOHN’S PARISH CHURCHES, / AND OF FREE ST JOHN’S CHURCH / IN THIS CITY; west side: AN ELOQUENT PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL / FOUNDER OF / THE EDINBURGH ORIGINAL RAGGED / INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS, / AND BY TONGUE AND PEN, / THE APOSTLE OF THE MOVEMENT ELSEWHERE / ONE OF / THE EARLIEST TEMPERANCE REFORMERS / A FRIEND OF THE POOR / AND THE OPPRESSED


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Located at

Princes Street Gardens West,

-3.1972615

Beside the walkway in West Princes Street Gardens.