Tim’rous Beastie Singular
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:
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.