MARY Queen of Scots will again take up residence on Linlithgow Peel in a few years if £100,000 is found.
Land has been identified in the grounds of the Queen’s birthplace for a lifesize statue cast in bronze, after years of work by the Marie Stuart Society, which has 200 members as far flung as New Zealand and the USA.
Ian Lumsdaine of the Society said: “Around five years ago, we asked a sculptor to design a maquette of Mary (pictured). We decided to use this exact model to scale up into a lifesize five foot eleven and a half inch statue - the detail is superb and it will be beautiful. Unfortunately the sculptor has since died, so we need to find another sculptor and a foundry to cast it in bronze.”
He added that an area close to the edge of the Peel, down by the left of the Palace had been identified as suitable by Historic Scotland for the statue. But the project needs £100,000 to get off the starting blocks.
Ian added: “This is something that our society members want, but they cannot contribute this kind of money, so it may take years to raise.”
If the plans for Linlithgow Peel go ahead, the statue will be donated to Historic Scotland, who manage the Palace and the grounds. A Historic Scotland spokesman said they had identified an area for the statue subject to necessary consents.
Ian added: “This statue would benefit Linlithgow and be educational. It would bring even more interest to the town, and people could follow a trail starting here.”