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john burnett



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 10:40 am    Post subject: BNH Orphoot Reply with quote

Burnett Orphoot (1880-1964) was the achitect behind the magnificent Peebles War Memorial. He described it so,
"The central interest of the scheme is a delicate cross, standing on a low pedestal, enriched with mosaics in the colour of those in the Cathedral of Monreale at Palermo. The cross is sheltered by a light arcaded stone canopy, hexagonal on plan with domed roof covered with cooper. The canopy is recessed into the east wall of the quadrangle and flanked by simple stone walls, with recesses for stone seats and bronze panels to contain the names of the fallen. By the use of copper in the canopy, and the introduction of the rich Saracenic mosaics on the cross, it is hoped to get a bright note of colour, which is otherwise lacking in the surroundings."

The lettering was carved by Thomas Beattie; contractors were James Millar & Sons, Edinburgh; and mosaic tile cement work was done by Leonard Grandison & Son, Peebles.

There is a link to it under Border Civic Memorials.
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