William Birnie Rhind

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Monument to the Royal Scots Greys in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
Black Watch Memorial, The Mound, Edinburgh
Detail of the Black Watch Memorial
Statue of the 5th Duke of Buccleuch on Edinburgh's Royal Mile

William Birnie Rhind RSA (1853–1933) was a Scottish sculptor. Rhind was born in Edinburgh as the eldest son of sculptor John Rhind (1828–1892), and the elder brother of J. Massey Rhind. The two brothers set up a studio in Glasgow in 1885, then Birnie moved to Edinburgh, and his brother went to Paris, then permanently to America in 1889, despite the warnings of their father. His younger brother was Thomas Duncan Rhind the architect.

His name is particularly connected to several dozen fine sculptural war memorials in the Edinburgh and Lothian area. The best of these is the hauntingly calm monument to the Royal Scots Greys on Princes Street in Edinburgh. Also of poignant note is the 1919 bronze figure of a fallen officer, telling his men to "carry on", which acts as the school war memorial at Fettes College, a private school in Edinburgh.

William is buried with his parents, and Alice Stone, his wife, in the family plot in Warriston Cemetery in North Edinburgh towards the south end of the original cemetery, facing a main path.

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  • "William Birnie Rhind". Dictionary of Scottish Architects.
  • McWilliam, Colin; Gifford, John; Walker, David (1984). Edinburgh. The Buildings of Scotland. Yale. ISBN 0-300-09672-0.
  • McWilliam, Colin (1978). Lothian, except Edinburgh. Buildings of Scotland. Yale. ISBN 0-300-09626-7.

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