Quincy, Mass. Historical and Architectural Survey
Granite Street/Burgin Parkway
The Robert Burns Statue was erected by the Monument Committee of the Clan MacGregor No.5 & the Order of Scottish Clans of America. The clan, organized in Quincy on August 13. 1800, held meetings in the Doble building, then moved to the Ancient Order of Hiberians building on Franklin Street and finally to the Miller building. The original monument committee was formed in 1901.and it took twenty years of sustained effort to raise funds for the memorial. In the 1920's this was the largest of the Scottish Order of Clans in New England, with over 1100 members.
The purpose of the statue is to give proper recognition to the Scottish people and their ancestors who played such an important role in helping to establish and shape the destiny of Quincy. The Scots in Quincy are reminiscent of Quincy's granite industry at its best. Many skilled in monumental art came from Aberdeen Scotland. one of the leading granite centers of the world.
ENTIRE INSCRIPTION (if applicable) Front: "A Man's A Man For A' That" / Side: "Whatever Mitigates the Woes or Increases the Happiness of Others this is my Criterion of Goodness. Whatever Injures Society at Large or any Individual in it. this is my Measure of Iniquity." / Rear: "Erected by Burns Memorial Association of Quincy. Mass in Honor of Robert Burns Scotland's most Famous Poet and Advocate of Liberty and Democracy 'No Spartan Tube no Attic Shell no Lyre Aeolian I Awake 'tis Liberty's bold note I swell. Thy harp. Columbia. let me take. '" / "We dare Maintain the Royalty of Men."
BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES
City of Quincy. Park and Recreation Board reference files.
Paul Robert Lyons. Quincy: A Pictorial History. 1983. p.107. 163.
Quincy Patriot Ledger. January 7. 1937. p. 8. 13.
The handsome 25-ton statue of the "Scots' Poet", Robert Burns (1759-1796), stands 18 feet tall and is landscaped with hemlock, birch, scotch pine and flowering trees. Now overlooking the road leading to the central business district, it was moved to its present site in 1971 from its original location at School and Franklin Street where it was dedicated in 1925. The statue is the work of local sculptor, John Horrigan, who, in 1922, had his studio at 125 Federal Avenue and his home closeby at 95 Independence Avenue. The granite marble basework was done by the Barnicoat Studio, also of Quincy. The placement of the statue in 1925 was handled by Frank Tangberlini, a stone cutter.