Robert Burns Memorial (Montreal)
|Designer||George Anderson Lawson|
|Material||bronze, pink granite|
|Height||4.95 metres (16.2 ft)|
|Opening date||October 18, 1930|
|Dedicated to||Robert Burns|
The memorial to the Scottish poet Robert Burns, a tribute to Montréal's Scottish industrialists and financiers, represents the socially conscious and refined romantic ideal of the community during the High Victorian Era. The memorial by George Anderson Lawson stands at the western entrance of Square Dorchester. Burns looks out towards the infinite expanse of Western Canada, opened up by the rail and finance managed by the elites of the community.
The statue was a reproduction of the one which stands in Ayr, near Burns’ birthplace, considered to be one of the finest depictions of Scotland's national poet.
The light pink sandstone plinth is beneath a standing Burns in brass, with right foot slightly forward, and the right arm almost crossed above the left across the chest. 'Erected by admirers of Burns'. The front plaque states his name and years of life. Inscribed into the plinth itself are the words, 'It's comin' yet for a' that that man to man the world o'er shall brithers be for a' that'. The base is inscribed 'Erected by admirers of Burns'. The plinth followed clockwise displays reliefs of scenes from his poems, Tam O'Shanter (1790), To a mountain daisy (1786), and The cotter's Friday night (1785).
The memorial was unveiled in the city’s downtown Dominion Square on October 18, 1930, a cold and rainy day. The speeches made that day emphasised that its erection was not only in honour of Burns's genius, but also to commemorate the impact of Scots on Montreal’s development.
The original memorial by George Anderson Lawson was inaugurated in Ayr, in 1892. Replicas of Lawson's memorial were also erected in Melbourne on 23 January 1904, Detroit on 23 July 1921, Vancouver on 25 August 1928, and Winnipeg in 1936.
Robert Burns and the Sun Life Building