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Robert the Bruce sculpture unveiled

09/05/11

A sculpture of King Robert the Bruce, that measures over 18ft high, has been unveiled outside Marischal College, Broad Street, Aberdeen, today [Monday 09 May].

Gathered at the statue are L-R, Lord Bruce, Lord Provost Peter Stephen, Alan Beattie Herriot (Statue Artist and Sculptor) , Councillor Kevin Stewart and seven year old Master Benedict Bruce. Lord Bruce and Master Benedict Bruce – direct descendants of King Robert accompanied by the Lord Provost of Aberdeen Peter Stephen witnessed the ceremonial unveiling of the plinth by Depute Leader of Aberdeen City Council Councillor Kevin Stewart.

The statue created by sculptor Alan Beattie Herriot was commissioned following a motion by Councillor Kevin Stewart.

As the civic procession left the Town House to make its way to Marischal College Lord Bruce carried the Sword of Bruce while Master Bruce carried the Banner of Chief of the Bruce family while a piper played Scotland the Brave.

The civic procession included the Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council Valerie Watts, the Leader of Aberdeen City Council Councillor John Stewart, and the Dean of Guild Fred Dalgarno and sculptor Alan Beattie Herriot.

Outside Marischal College the Lord Provost said: "It is an enormous pleasure to be here today, with the backdrop of this majestic building, for the ceremonial unveiling of our tribute to the man who gave Aberdeen its Freedom, one of Scotland's greatest heroes – King Robert the Bruce. Robert the Bruce Statue.

"This sculpture is the culmination of years of hard work by Mr Herriot, and the result is a truly iconic piece which will be cherished by generations of Aberdonians and admired by thousands-upon-thousands of visitors to our city."

Sculptor Alan Beattie Herriot added: "Seeing the sculpture in place is amazing. I hope that the people of Aberdeen like what has been done. I rather think King Robert would be very proud."

The total height of the statue including the plinth is 18ft 4in [5.6m].

The 120,000 statue was funded by the Common Good Fund which was originally set up by King Robert.

Marischal College is due to open as the new headquarters of Aberdeen City Council this summer [2011].