Andrew Brown commissioned for Mary Barbour statue

The sculptor chosen to create the statue of Glasgow heroine Mary Barbour is Port William born Andrew Brown.

Sunday, 28th February 2016, 10:02 am
Updated Saturday, 5th March 2016, 5:07 am

At a gala concert last week in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, the Remember Mary Barbour Association named Andrew as the winner of the prestigious commission.

He saw off competition from four other sculptors and will now create a permanent memory to the rent activist.

Maria Fyfe, Chairwoman of the Remembering Mary Barbour Association, said last night: “When the public in Glasgow saw the designs, there was support for all five of them.

“But the widest support was expressed for the one we announce tonight, and the Remember Mary Barbour Association endorse their choice.

“This sculptor’s intention was to present Mary Barbour, for now and for generations to come, in a way that captures the achievement for which she is best known.

“The day in November 1915, when she led a 20-thousand-strong protest through the streets of Glasgow to the Sheriff Court and won the victory.

“Congratulations to Andrew Brown.”

Andrew was commissioned to create ‘The Man’ statue in his home village in 2003.

Mary Barbour’s political activism began in earnest during the Glasgow rent strike of 1915, when she actively organised tenant committees and eviction resistance. Willie Gallagher dubbed the rent strikers “Mrs Barbour’s Army”. The government of the day could not withstand the pressure and by the end of 1915 the Rent Restriction Act was in place. The rent strike’s place in history was assured.

In 1920 she stood as the Labour candidate for Fairfield ward in Govan, and was elected to Glasgow Town Council, becoming one of the city’s first woman councillors.