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The Gemmell Statues Collection

Gemmell Statue The collection of six life-sized statues was carved by Eaglesham villager, William Gemmell between 1840 and 1845.  The statues represent local and national characters including Robert Burns, Highland Mary and a blind fiddler. 

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Funded project the statues were cleaned and restored by Olga Marantowicz of Lapiz Conservation in 2017. They are now on permanent display in the Carswell Centre in Eaglesham. 

The collection was a gift by the late Miss Grace Picken to the former Eastwood District Council in 1995. Miss Picken wanted to make sure the statues continued to be on public display. 

We know very little about William Gemmell and his statues. But you can read more about him in this leaflet prepared as part of the project.

pdf icon Leaflet: The Gemmell Statues Collection [1Mb]




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