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Statues, monuments and plaques are a natural focus for my camera, so this prompt, showing a statue of Thomas Jefferson, was right up my street. The presidential theme is continued in this selection from Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders, with a look also at some leaders of men and sporting heroes.
This statue of Abraham Lincoln is thought to be the only monument to the American Civil War outside the USA. It was erected in the Old Carlton Burial Ground. Edinburgh in 1898 in memory of the Scottish soldiers who fought in the American Civil War on the side of the Union. It features a freed slave and one of Lincoln’s famous quotations "To preserve the jewel of liberty in the framework of freedom". A bronze shield bears the old US flag, and is wreathed in thistles to the left, and cotton to the right to signify the two countries.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt's maternal ancestors are remembered in this plaque at the Murray Aisle in the Old Kirkyard, Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. Roosevelt's mother was a Murray with Border connections.
The plaque also pays tribute to Scottish patriot William Wallace.
This statue of the Duke of Wellington, victor against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 show him on his favourite horse Copenhagen. The statue was erected in 1852, outside the building that houses the National Records of Scotland at the east end of Edinburgh's Princes Street.
From war and politics to three sporting heroes commemorated in Hawick, in the Scottish Borders.
Motorcycle Racing Champion, Jimmy Guthrie (1897-1937( was called "Hawick's Racing Legend. He was born in the town and achieved success after success, holding many world records and European championships. His last race was at the German Grand Prix where he was killed on 8th August 1937. The train carrying his body to the German frontier had a military escort and his funeral in Hawick was attended by thousands with a three mile long cortege. Public subscription resulted in a statue being erected in 1939 at Wilton Lodge Park, near to the Museum, where an exhibition commemorates his life.
Hizzy - Steve Hislop (1962-2003), born near Hawick was a Scottish motorcycle racer, winning the Isle of Man TT eleven times, the British 250cc Championship and British Superbike Championship. He died in a helicopter crash near Hawick in 2003. Every year motor cyclists gather for an annual run though the Borders, visiting places connected with the biking legend. This statue was unveiled in 2005 in Wilton Lodge Park, near his own biking hero - Jimmy Guthrie (above) - both rmembered in exhibitions at Hawick Museum.
Known as the "Voice of Rugby", Bill McLaren (1923-2010) was born and brought up in Hawick. He became a PE teacher and journalist, whose own rugby playing career had been halted by serious illness. But he acchieved fame as a radio and TV commentator, known throughout the rugby world at home and abroad. He was greatly respected for his distinctive tongue, his skill with words, his unbiased commentating, his knowledge and meticulous preparation, compiling detailed anecdotes and notes on players, matches, and teams. His archive is now housed at the Heritage Hub in Hawick. Memorial busts to Bill McLaren have been unveiled in both Hawick and at Murrayfield, Scotland's international rugby ground in Edinburgh,.
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