Congratulations to Doug Middleton and the Rob Roy Preservtion Trust for continuing the long tradition of Rob Roy's statue above the Culter Burn. Rob has not seen quite as many changes of face as Doctor Who - but I reckon the latest version, created by Gray's School of Art graduate David Mitchell will be Rob Roy Number 6.
ROB 1 was erected by Mr Walker, an engineer at the Paper works. This was a bust of Rob Roy with a Fog House". IT was destroyed by a group of 17 scholars at Clovencraigs School around 1858.
ROB 2 was a figurehead of a ship brought out by Mr John Irvine, proprietor of the Paper works. MR William Marshall of North Lodge, Peterculter attached a body and legs.
ROB 3 was unveiled on 2nd March 1867 by Mrs John Stephen. Itwas carved by Mr Wishart of Aberdeen and cost £25.
ROB 4 - "Rob Junior" / "Young Rab" was unveiled in July 1926 by Miss Jessie Thomson. It cost around £100 and was carved by Mr David K Graham, Hardgate, Aberdeen from a length of Quebec pine.
ROB 5 was unveiled in 1991. It was created by Arnold Smith from polychrome carved wood.
ROB 6 has been designed and created by Gray's School of Art graduate David Mitchell at a cost of around £50,000.