This edited message was originally posted by me at my "OUR ETERNAL STRUGGLE" web site on 03 June 2007.
I'm republishing it now because of its paramount importance to our Scottish heritage.
Clansmen and Kith:
For the best effect, please be sure and watch this slide show consisting of fifteen (15) photographs, the first five (05) of which taken by Bill Fernie, of "THE EMIGRANTS" statue in "FULL SCREEN" mode.
"THE EMIGRANTS" statue commemorates those Scots who were driven from their lands during "The Clearances", and forced to emigrate to other countries.
Here is the accompanying news report:
REPLICA OF HELMSDALE MEMORIAL "THE EMIGRANTS" HEADING FOR CANADA
A replica of the thirty foot bronze statue commemorating the Highland Clearances is being cast and shipped to the Canadian city of Winnipeg.
"The Emigrants" memorial in the Sutherland town of Helmsdale was originally cast by Highland foundry, Black Isle Bronze in 2003.
Founder of Black Isle Bronze, thirty-seven year old Farquhar Laing, received the request for the replica of the three figure statue from the Saint Andrew's Society in Winnipeg several months ago.
"We're delighted with the commission - it's a big piece involving four tonnes of bronze.
We're especially pleased to be picking up work from across the Atlantic; there's also a possibility of another replica memorial being commissioned by an organisation in Nova Scotia."
Laing established the foundry in 1994 on the Black Isle before moving into purpose built premises on the outskirts of Nairn in 2002 with the help of a development grant from the Highlands and Islands Enterprise network.
Black Isle Bronze now employs eight full time members of staff, including two metal workers, a mould maker, a welder and sand moulder; the most recent recruit joining the foundry from Poland.
Further commissions the foundry is currently working on include two statues for Newcastle United Football Club of Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn; and a statue of Bob Dylan for a private client.
A recently completed commission saw the Highland company collaborate with sculptor, Sandy Stoddart, and British builder, Sir Robert McAlpine, on a Robert Adam designed building in Picadilly, London.
Black Isle Bronze supplied all sixty-six cast bronze elements of the eight storey structure.
Robert Adam said:
"We were delighted to be working with Black Isle Bronze to ensure the highest standards of craftsmanship.
The combination of a Paisley sculptor and an Inverness foundry brought the art and craft of Scotland to the most important thoroughfare of London."
"We wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for the help we've received from HIE; their support has enabled me to grow the business, develop my workforce and to access the global marketplace."
The replica of, "THE EMIGRANTS", to be called the "SCOTTISH HIGHLAND SETTLERS MONUMENT", will be unveiled in Winnipeg this Summer.
Please click on the automatic computer Internet LINK for further information on Black Isle Bronze, or call Farquhar Laing on 01667 455172
Hmmmm - - - , maybe we should have a statue like that here in the United States of America, huh?
I read something a while back about folks in Hollywood making an epic movie about the Clearances, but that was some time ago, and I've seen no more about it.
Do any of you know anything about that proposed movie?
John Robert "SAIGON" Mallernee, KB3KWS