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Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Bulletin Photographs

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Statue of Lord Roberts

The statue of Lord Roberts in Kelvingrove Park, photographed for the May 1984 issue of Glasgow City Council's newspaper The Bulletin. The statue featured in the Council's "Adopt a Monument" scheme, an attempt to persuade sponsors to pay for the upkeep of monuments in the city.

The bronze monument, which dates from 1916, shows Lord Roberts mounted on a horse. There are relief carvings of soldiers and horse-drawn wagons below. The statue, by sculptor Henry Poole, is a duplicate of a statue erected in Calcutta, sculpted by Harry Bates.

Lord Frederick Sleigh Roberts, of Khandahar, Pretoria and Waterford made his reputation as a soldier and national hero in the colonial wars of India and Afghanistan, and in the Boer War in South Africa. He was awarded the freedom of the city and, on his death in 1914, Glasgow Corporation launched a memorial fund to pay for the statue.

Reference: Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Bulletin Photographs

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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