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Tim’rous Beastie Singular

January 25, 2010

I’ve regained my composure just enough to write this post, having been ready to turn into a cartoon character with all the clichés – taking refuge on a desk, stock still with a pale face and speech bubble transmitting a scream, loud enough to wake John Knox. The reason: the smallest of visitors to the Portrait of the Nation offices, here at Baden Powell House, the clue is in the next two lines:

“Wee, sleekit, cow’rin’, tim’rous beastie,
O what a panic’s in thy breastie!”

How appropriate that Burns Night is upon us again!  As part of the latest National Burns Collection meeting , we visited The Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock last week – the original monument opened in 1879 and included a statue of the poet by William Grant Stevenson, sculptor of the figure of the poet and Bishop of Dunkeld, Gavin Douglas, on the facade of the Portrait Gallery. 


A fire destroyed much of the Kilmarnock Monument in 2004, however, restoration and the addition of a research and family history centre, together with a courtyard, have formed new surroundings for the return of the original statue to its sandstone setting.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2010 10:21 am

    Entertaining post, as always! I suspect you may see more of those tim’ rous beasties, given your location!

  2. February 1, 2010 5:30 pm

    So will you be getting a gallery cat?

  3. Alison Boocock permalink
    February 3, 2010 2:20 am

    Control your mouse Imogen, let him know who’s boss – and keep the finger on him!

    The photos of the PG are excellent!

  4. Imogen Gibbon permalink
    February 18, 2010 5:42 pm

    Thanks very much for your comments – a cat would be very welcome, but alas that would be too much fun for the office!

  5. August 1, 2010 5:45 pm

    I have owned the statue which W G STEVENSON made in 1877 since 1977 i bought it from a mrs jardine of the whitehouse PRESTONPANS EAST LOTHIAN I was given to believe her husband was a relative of W G STEVENSON or rabbie burns

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