Hardback192 PagesSize: 248 × 210 × 23 mm
125 colour illustrations and 25 B&W illustrations
ISBN: 9781848221567Publication: October 01, 2014

Scotland's Shrine

The Scottish National War Memorial

Duncan Macmillan


  • An unrivalled account of the Scottish National War Memorial, which charts its compelling history and the public debate surrounding its construction
  • A detailed description of the Memorial and fascinating discussion of the artists involved in its erection are accompanied by beautiful photography illustrating the building's manifold artistic accomplishments
  • Duncan Macmillan has a leading reputation as an engaging and authoritative writer on Scottish art, and has a longstanding personal interest in the Scottish National War Memorial

First mooted in 1917, The Scottish National War Memorial was opened by Edward, Prince of Wales, on 14th July 1927. Paid for by public subscription, this remarkable architectural and artistic achievement articulated a nation's grief. Designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, who led a team of artists and craftsmen, it is one of the most ambitious and successful pieces of public art of its time. Intended to make the Memorial accessible to a wide audience, this unique and beautiful publication will give an account of its fascinating history.

The Memorial's many different art works include sculpture in bronze, wood and stone and outstanding stained glass. Highly accomplished, each element of the Memorial's design reflects how this is a monument to peace not just to war. Tracing the Memorial's eventful history from its genesis through to its construction and its eventual opening, Duncan Macmillan discusses all aspects of the Memorial from its design to the individual artists that contributed to its creation.
Including contextual links to other similar projects, this publication will provide the definitive account of this significant public monument, which continues to commemorate Scottish casualities of war.

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