The Burns Monument Gallery



David Glover at the Burns statue in Glasgow, Scotland. This monument was financed by public subscription in 1873. It was completed by George Edward Ewing (1828-1883) after four years' work. Burns has a Scottish cap in his right hand and holds a flower in his left. Ewing based Burns' facial features on the portrait of the poet by Alexander Nasmyth and the chalk drawing by Archibald Skirving. The statue was unveiled on the anniversary of the poet's birth on 25 January 1877. The statue was cast in bronze and set upon a granite pedestal, which bears 4 decorative panels. The panels were produced by James Alexander Ewing, the younger brother of the statue's sculptor.


Sydney NSWDick Silvester at the Burns monument in downtown Sydney, Australia.


It was erected in 1905, the 5th of 8 statues erected in Australia.


It is located about a kilometer from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and at the edge of the botanical gardens.


The 2.9-metre bronze statue created by Frederick Pomeroy depicts Robert Burns resting against a ploughshare.


The figure of the poet stands on a stone pedestal of mostly rough Melbourne granite, with one polished course in the centre.


The base and pedestal are plain with no scenic depictions nor poetry inscribed, unlike most other Burns statuary




Dick Silvester at the Burns monument in Brisbane Australia. The local Burns Club and the Queensland Scottish Association first proposed a Burns statue for the city in 1888. It was not until 1932 that the statue by Ward Willis was finally erected. The bronze shows "Scotland's Immortal Bard" leaning on a plough with his faithful dog at his feet, wearing a hat and waistcoat, looking relaxed on the carved sandstone plinth. Bronze plaques decorate each side of the plinth and depict scenes from his poems. Rededicated in 1989, the statue stands at Centenary Park near Wickham and Ann Streets.


Townsend in London

Brent Townsend at the Burns Monument in Victoria Embankment London. This work was created by John Steell and is the only Burns statue in England.



Toronto Statue

Stewart Cameron at the bronze Burns statue in Allen Gardens, Toronto. It was unveiled in 1902 and was created by sculptor D.W. Stevenson. The work was sponsored by the Toronto Burns Monument Committee.


Statue in NYC

Stewart Cameron at the massive bronze statue of Robert Burns in Central Park, New York City. This work by John Steell was the first statue of Burns erected outside Scotland. It was dedicated in 1880.


Stanley Park

Stewart Cameron at the Burns monument in Stanley Park, Vancouver B.C. It was erected in 1928 and was the first statue in the city. It was one of many copies of the G.A. Lawson design. Like the Halifax version, it has panels depicting his most famous poems.




Duncan McGregor at the bronze Burns statue by Scott Sutherland in front of the library at Arbroath, Scotland. Erected in 1959, it is one of very few completed after the Second World War.


National Gallery

Duncan McGregor beside the marble statue of Burns by John Flaxman. It was completed in 1828 and was based on the portrait by John Nasmyth. After two moves it was housed at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh



Duncan McGregor visits Bannockburn Scotland, where Burns was inspired to write his immortal poem Scots Wha Hae.




Ed Millar in Dundee, Scotland. This statue was erected in 1880. It was by Sir John Steell and was cast from his design for a statue in New York's Central Park, unveiled just weeks before this one.


Dumfries statueRichard McNair at Dumfries, Scotland. This piece is located at the town centre outside Greyfriars Church


Statue of Burns

Terry Rowell in Dunedin, New Zealand. One of the city's founding fathers was Thomas Burns, a nephew of Robert Burns. This statue, with Burns seated on a tree, is also from the Steell sculpture.



Cameron Halifax

Stewart Cameron at the local Burns statue in Halifax, Canada. Created by G. A. Lawson, the statue was erected in 1919 by the then Halifax North British Society (now known as "The Scots").




There are dozens of memorials and statues of Robert Burns around the world, perhaps more than any other poet. When an HBC member spots one they record the visit with a photo.


An Epitaph to Robert Burns on his 258th Birthday

January, 2017; Halifax, Canada.

Jim Fletcher, Halifax Burns Club


"Stop, passenger," take time to pause

at any bronze of this man.

Relax, and wonder at the laws

he bids us reminisce, man.


He's found in New York’s Central Park

and London by the Thames, man,

and Aberdeen and Adelaide.

Ther’re many of these gems, man.


No nation’s crown nor creed required

his likeness to be traced, man.

A universal force inspired

this statue to be placed, man.


He sung the passions of the heart,

adversity and plight, man,

and of the sorrow when we part,

and joy when we unite, man.


The kings of greed, with new world pow’r,

would hurry past this place, man.

Here reigns a force from which they cow’r:

Humanity and Grace, man.


If decency and dignity

are compass for your fate, man,

rest here and sense serenity,

for Robert was a great man.


And in his words, from verses run

to eulogize a bright one:

"...His soul was like the glorious sun,

A matchless, Heavenly light, man."