The Blind Fiddler

This statue, by local Eaglesham artist William Gemmell, is reputed to be of Alexander McDonald or Blind Alick, who was born in Penrith in 1771 and who moved to Glasgow in 1790, having been blinded by small-pox when a child. By day he was a strolling fiddler, but his living was earned in the evenings when his services were in great demand at social events. He was paid 8 pennies for the first two hours and a penny a reel thereafter.

Blind Alick died around 1840; traditionally, this statue was modelled from life and would, therefore, be one of William Gemmell's earlier works.