Basic Site Details

Name: Stewart Memorial fountain for Wellington Park
Town, district or village: Kelvingrove
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Commemorates Robert Stewart of Murdostoun, Lord Provost of Glasgow.

Sculptor: James Mossman. Bronze founders: H Pringle & Co.

THE STEWART MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN, GLASGOW. - The inauguration of this beautiful memorial fountain took place last Wednesday, in presence of several thousands of the worthy citizens. The fountain was designed by Mr James Sellar, junior, and is in the Scotch Gothic style. From a central basin 60 feet in diameter it rises to a height of 40 feet, in a series of stages or smaller basins, each richly ornamented with sculpture. Round the front of the lower basin are placed four bronze panels, that facing the south containing a medallion of the late Lord Provost Stewart, and flanked right and left with the Stewart arms and those of the City; the arms of the north medallion are similar to the south. The east and west panels contain allegorical figures, representing the source of the Loch Katrine water supply and its introduction to the city; on either side are the arms of ex-Provost Sir Andrew Orr ex-Provost Galbraith, and ex-Bailies Hannan and Gourlay. The fountain bears the following inscription - " To commemorate the public services of Robert Stewart, of Murdostoun. Lord Provost of Glasgow from November, 1851, till November 1854 to whose unwearied exertions the citizens are mainly indebted for the abundant supply of water from Loch Katrine, this fountain was erected in 1872." It is crowned on top by a gilt bronze figure of the " Lady of the Lake," from the hand of Mr Mossman, sculptor, Glasgow. Small drinking fountains are placed at intervals round the outer basin. The work was executed by Mr James Robertson, and the carving by Mr James Young. [Building News 23 August 1872 p141]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Kelvingrove Park, Stewart Memorial FountainYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Fountain  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21871 Design exhibitedCampbell Douglas & Sellars design
Item 2 of 21873 Design exhibitedJohn Lynburn Bruce design


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 4Campbell DouglasArchitect, ValuerA1871 Won in competition
Item 2 of 4Campbell Douglas & SellarsArchitectural practiceA1871 Won in competition
Item 3 of 4James SellarsArchitect, ValuerA1871 Won in competition. Mainly responsible as it is inscribed with his name.
Item 4 of 4John Leck BruceArchitect 1873 Competition design


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Gildard, Thomas1890Lecture on the Mossman Family Transactions of the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow 
Item 2 of 3Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts1871   643 (Sellars - modification of selected design)
Item 3 of 3RSA1873   765

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building News23 August 1872  p141 - Also includes a further history of the competition under the title "Gossip from Glasgow"

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register32213