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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 3:48 pm    Post subject: Thomas Beattie Reply with quote

I haven't been able to find out much about Thomas Beattie. He seems to have had some sort of connection to Sir Robert Lorimer.

We do know he was the sculptor responsible for the soldier on Carnoustie's War Memorial.

It looks like the soldier has a moustache and perhaps it is this but he looks older than most of the servicemen statues found on war memorials.



Note the detail on the sleeve, overseas service chevrons. It's hard to make out but I don't know if it's a Black Watch badge on his Tam o'Shanter.



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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam,
Is there any chance that this Thomas Beattie was the father of William Beattie of the Hawick 1514 "Horse" fame?
Thomas was responsible for some of the work on the Usher Hall.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just bringing the subject of Thomas Beattie back up.
Can anyone help with him?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have found this website page with more detail on Thomas. It doesn't mention him working on Carnoustie / Barry but does mention him working on the Scottish National War Memorial.

http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib6_1216117878

Thomas Beattie

Born 1863 (Circa)

Active: 1890 - 1940

Country of birth and death: Scotland

Plaster work instructor, architectural sculptor

Born in Hawick, Roxburghshire.

Works

Carved The Scottish National War Memorial
1927
Stone capitals of columns and shields of countries

However that same page lists William as his brother / sibling and also has him collaborating with Benjamin Edward Spence when he was four so I don't know accurate their information is!

The Spence connection perhaps suggests that this Thomas Beattie may have had a sculptor relation in the generation before him. Father or Uncle perhaps?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam,
Thanks for that.
An interesting website, but as you mention, it's perhaps a little inaccurate.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sculptor of St.Oswald's Parish Church memorial, Edinburgh was a Thomas Beattie.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thomas Beattie died 1st Oct 1933 at Longmore Hospital, Newington
Edinburgh (now HQ for Historic Scotland). His death certificate describes him as a Sculptor.
His usual address was 32 Shandwick Place Edinburgh. Cause of death given by
his doctor G.F. Malcolm Smith was Senile Myocarditis. The death was
reported by John Rae his Grand Nephew of 21 Baird Terrace, Haddington
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