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This is a really splendid statue standing proudly outside the Modern Art Gallery in the town centre. Usually someone has placed a traffic cone on the Dukes head. However last week when I visited it was cone free. All part of Glasgows wry humour.
The statue gained notoriety many years ago when some wit placed a traffic cone on the Duke's head ! Despite numerous removals, the cone always made a reappearance and signifies Glasgow humour by the way !
In George Square, a most photo gragh in Glasgow. Some of the great restaurant in the city. You can catch the city link buses and cab right in the center, at Christmas time the best place to see and the old friend and dinner.
Just outside of the Gallery of Modern Art is this an equestrian statue of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington. A soldier and hero of the British Empire for his victories especially over Napoleon Bonaparte. Perennially crowned with a traffic cone by the hilarious citizens...More
There was an eighteenth century ideal of British unity held that Scotland was "north Britain", emphasizing the integration of the nation, which seems quite foreign now. Two similar statues of Wellington had recently been... More
There was an eighteenth century ideal of British unity held that Scotland was "north Britain", emphasizing the integration of the nation, which seems quite foreign now. Two similar statues of Wellington had recently been erected in London, and Glasgow was following in the lead of Edinburgh, which had installed a number of statues to English figures, including Lord Nelson, George IV and the Duke of York. And Wellington's statue in Glasgow was not erected by the city or the Crown. It was paid for by private donations, which were quickly raised. So, ultimately it was a monument to the success of the Union and Scotland's share of Wellington's glory.