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Ironically, the only statue missing is the titular George himself, King George III. Although one was originally planned, the planning and building of the Square itself coincided with the War of American Independence in the late 1700s. This caused many problems for the so called “Tobacco Lords,” Glaswegian merchants who made their fortunes in trade with the American colonies. This animosity was compounded by loss of the war in 1783, coupled with the fact that the monarch was gripped by insanity leading to his nickname, “The Mad King.” As a result, the powers in Glasgow decided instead to erect the first ever memorial commemorating Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish novelist.

WHERE IS IT?

In the very heart of the city centre, next to Queen Street Station and Glasgow City Chambers.

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He is in good company, joined by fellow poets Robert Burns and Thomas Campbell,  Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prime Ministers Robert Peel and William Ewart Gladstone along with MP James Oswald, army commanders Lord Clyde and Sir John Moore, with engineer James Watt and chemist Thomas Graham.

By the mid 19th century the square had gone from a dingy hole of muddy water where horses were slaughtered, to the heart of the city. Queen Street station was opened to serve as the railway between Glasgow and the capital, Edinburgh, while in the latter half of the century, the Merchant’s House moved to the west side of the square, and the Glasgow City Chambers opened in 1888, coincidentally the year Celtic football club played their first game. In its lifetime the square has seen everything; public meetings, celebrations, ceremonies, political rallies, protests, riots, and was even ravaged by zombies for a major Hollywood production.

The heart of the city, nestled between Glasgow City Chambers and Queen Street train station, is a sprawling square sporting a baker's dozen worth of statues. Below is a guide to the various figures on display.

GEORGE

SQUARE

1. Robert Peel

by John Mossman (1859)

2. Queen Victoria

by Baron Marochetti (1854)

3. Prince Albert

by Baron Marochetti (1866)

4. James Watt

by Francis Legatt Chantrey (1832)

5. Robert Burns

by George Edwin Ewing (1877)

6. William Ewart Gladstone

by Hamo Thornycroft (1902)

7. Sir Walter Scott

by David Rhind, John Greenshield

and Alexander Handyside Richie (1837)

8. Sir John Moore

by John Flaxman (1819)

9. Lord Clyde 

by J H Foley (1868)

10. Thomas Campbell

by John Mossman (1877)

11. Thomas Graham

by William Brodie (1872)

12. The Cenotaph

by Sir J J Burnet and Ernest Gillick (1924)

13. James Oswald

by Baron Marochetti (1856)

GALLERY of MODERN ART

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