[Click on these images for larger pictures.] Dean Ramsay's 8-metre high granite Iona Cross with bronze reliefs, in the graveyard of the Scottish Episcopal St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh. Designed by Robert Rowand Anderson, and executed by Farmer and Brindley of London (according to the Canmore record from the PMSA). Local stonemasons Stewart McGlashen & Son are named elsewhere. The Canmore site further identifies F. A. Skidmore as the "blacksmith" involved, and Elkington as the foundry. Skidmore's middle name was Alfred and he also executed the more typical, glowing memorial to Ramsay in the chancel. Unveiled 1879.

Dean Ramsay (1793-1872) had been appointed as a minister to St John's, at the Castle end of Princes Street, in 1830. He became Dean in 1841, and was known for his philanthropy as well as for his ministry and for his popular book, Scottish Life and Reminiscences (see "Dean Ramsay"). The reliefs show scenes from Christ's Passion, Resurrection and Ascension, with acts of charity depicted on the side shafts, and additional panels with Celtic designs. The latter were taken from designs at Jedburgh Abbey on the Scottish Borders (see the Canmore record).

Photographs and text by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


"Dean Ramsay." Princes-Street.Com. Web. 30 January 2012.

Event: Field Visit. Canmore (Royal Commission on the Ancient Historical Monuments of Scotland). Web. 30 January 2012.

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