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kinnethmont



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2006 3:21 pm    Post subject: Rhynie & Kearn War Memorial Reply with quote

Rhynie and Kearn

UKNIWM Ref: 8625

Address
Rhynie
ABERDEENSHIRE
SCOTLAND

Type: SERVICEMAN/WOMAN
Other Location Details: Centre of village square

OS Map Ref: NJ 497 273




Further details of casualties at www.kinnethmont.co.uk/rhynie/




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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photo Jas.
According to my information the man who carved the Rhynie memorial was the Aberdeen granit mason Robert Warrack Morrison, working for the Aberdeen granit firm Morren & Co. (see Moray - New Elgin). I met Morrison's grandson a few years ago and he seemed to be convinced that Morrison carved these monuments freehand but I don't believe this. I am sure the big granit companies like Morren & Co. commissioned lesser known sculptors to model these soldiers in clay and then have them cast in plaster. Morren would hold the copyright and then have their masons use a pointing machine to carve several copies of the same soldier for several memorials (thats why I think they favoured infantrymen in greatcoats or tunics rather than kilts as they could use the same figures for memorials in England). I don't think I've seen the Rhynie soldier repeated anywhere else though.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:13 am    Post subject: Robert Warrack Morrison Reply with quote

Jamie

Granite has an e at the end.

Rhynie & Kearn was the work of Bob Morrison and was his first piece on returning from USA. It may be this is due to the fact that the Morrens hailed from Kearn and still lived there, but this cannot be proved.

It is generally accepted he was a genius who took calculated chances as a freehand carver. I do not believe that is in doubt.

Others took weeks to " square " a granite block before carving was even started. Morrison's abilities allowed him to bypass that phase and he was a very fast worker of considerable skill.

The memorial at Blaydon, Northumberland, identical to Rhynie & Kearn, is also a Morrison piece although reckoned to be carved to a higher standard.

There is some doubt as to whether High Spen is Morrison's work.


Further details of Morrison at the link below.

http://www.leopardmag.co.uk/feats/42/robert-morrison-king-of-the-granite-carvers
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are some close up pics I have of the sculpture.





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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GEORGE WHITEFIELD ANDERSON

Name: ANDERSON, GEORGE WHITEFIELD
Initials: G W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Major (Quartermaster)
Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders
Secondary Regiment: Egyptian Army
Secondary Unit Text: attd.
Age: 60
Date of Death: 31/08/1915
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: D. 78.
Cemetery: CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

Anderson actually appears in de Ruvigny's as George Whitefield Anderson Bey!
There is a lengthy entry which I will transcribe at some point.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Seaforths had been in Egypt / Sudan in 1882 and 1898. I wonder if Anderson Bey stayed behind after one of those expeditions?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dhubthaigh

Thanks for the image. Another face to add to a name at http://www.kinnethmont.co.uk/rhynie/index.htm

I believe the " Bey " reference in his name came through his service in Egypt / Sudan. It might have something to do with rank / importance in the Egyptian army. His surname is clearly Anderson and not Bey.

Adam
Although buried in Cairo his military career is detailed on a headstone within the Anderson burial ground at Kennethmont (Old) Kirkyard.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thanks for the image

Jas., no probs. Actually I had checked your site prior to posting and wondered how long it would take you to 'chip in' Wink
The photo looks good on your site. If there are any more, with relevance to any memorial, I'll post them. Its another time consuming job though.
By the way that is some gravestone relating to Anderson!!

rgds.,
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kinnethmont wrote:

I believe the " Bey " reference in his name came through his service in Egypt / Sudan. It might have something to do with rank / importance in the Egyptian army. His surname is clearly Anderson and not Bey.


Jas

Bey was an old Ottoman term which I think mean something like chief and was used by senior officers in the Egyptian army.

By the headstone it looks like Anderson had enlisted with the 72nd Highlanders in the 1870s and then stayed with the regiment when it became 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders. I'll have to check but I don't think the Seaforths were involved in Bechuanaland in 1884 so he may have left them after Tel-El-Kebir in 1882 and then stayed in Africa.

I'll try and find out a bit more.

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