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Celtic Cross Designed By Charles Rennie Mackintosh by MagsWilliamson

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This gravestone was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and was his earliest recorded commission, carried out when he was a young architect.

It’s in remembrance of Alexander McCall (1836-1888) who was the Chief Constable of the Glasgow Police for 18 years.

Mackintosh’s father was a policeman so perhaps he got the commission through family connections.

The bronze panel is by James Pittendrigh Macgillivray.

You can find this Iona cross at The Necropolis in Glasgow. As you cross the Bridge Of Sighs it’s on the right hand side. You need to find the path alongside the full length statue of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hope Pattison which is halfway up the hill on the right. Walk past his statue, follow the path that leads down into what was the quarry and go up the small set of steps to the left. Then follow the left of the two grassy paths that appear. In a few yards you’ll find the cross on your left hand side. Until recently it was lying face down in two parts but it has now been repaired.


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Hi! I’m Scottish, I lived in London for 15 years & am now back home. I’ve always loved drawing, I’m self-taught, it’s just something I have to do – so stand aside!

My art CV consists of having had pastel paintings exhibited at Chatelherault Arts Festival 2008-2012 & two of my photos were in the Hue & Cry Open Soul Open Road 2009 tour booklet.

But it’s all in the eye of the beholder, so I hope you like what you see!

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  • biddumy
    biddumyabout 1 year ago

    Super clarity and capture Mags!!!

  • Thank you, Evelyn, it was an exciting find, I’m glad you think it looks “professional”, which is more than can be said about me when I was taking it, I nearly fell down the hill backwards! :)

    – MagsWilliamson

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