Person NameMacgillivray; James Pittendrigh (1856-1938); poet and sculptor
ForenamesJames Pittendrigh
Epithetpoet and sculptor
Activity(James) Pittendrigh Macgillivray was born in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire in 1856, the eldest son of William Macgillivray, a sculptor. He was educated in Edinburgh and in 1872, he became an assistant to sculptor William Brodie (1815-87), with whom he remained for six years. After further training in Glasgow Macgillivray achieved considerable fame as a sculptor, particularly for the distinctive style of his statues for public places such as his John Knox in Edinburgh and Robert Burns in Irvine. A member of the Royal Scottish Academy, Macgillivray was closely associated with the Glasgow School of artists and was an early member of the Scottish Renaissance movement. He was an active member of many of the most important arts institutions and was also a respected poet. A keen nationalist, he developed a distinctive language which he based on the Scots of the 16th century makars. Macgillivray's achievements were recognised with the award of an LL.D from Aberdeen University in 1909 and his appointment as King's Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland in 1921. He died in 1938.
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