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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Monument to James White of Overtoun


     Standing portrait statue of James White of Overtoun, in contemporary costume, holding a pen and papers in his hands, on a grey granite pedestal
     The monument was designed by John Mossman and completed by his assistant Francis Leslie after Mossman's death in 1890. The monument was relocated to within a few yards of its original site during area improvements c.1993. The monument was listed category B on 22 December 1992
     James White of Overtoun (1812-1884) was born near Glasgow and educated at the city's Grammar school and at Glasgow University where he studied law. He practiced as a solicitor and was a partner for 17 years in the firm of Couper and White. At the age of 40 he left to become a partner in his family's firm of manufacturing chemists J.& J.White. During this time he was President of the (Glasgow) Chamber of Commerce, Director, and then later Deputy Chairman of the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company, and a member of the committee appointed in 1866 to investigate and rearrange the affairs of the North British Railway. He was also Chairman of the National Bible Society of Scotland, and of the Glasgow Deaf and Dumb Institution


Incised on pedestal, west face: JAMES WHITE / OF OVERTOUN / 1812-1884 Incised on pedestal plinth, west face: ERECTED BY HIS FELLOW CITIZENS

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Mossman, John G Designer
Leslie, Francis Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
statue Bronze None
Pedestal Grey granite None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
CE/007 GW
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Other
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road John Knox Street
Precise location Cathedral Precinct, adjacent to Necropolis gates, facing west towards St Mungo's Museum
A-Z ref 36 K18
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1890-91
Year of unveiling 1891
Unveiling details 21 August 1891
Commissioned by Committee of subscribers
Duty of care Glasgow City Council
Listing status II*
At risk? Not at risk

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