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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

William Aytoun (fl. 1630–1645)

Sculptor and master mason, born in Inchdairnie, Fife. He designed Innes House, Morayshire (begun 1640), for which he probably carved the ornaments, and is also thought to have designed Winton House in East Lothian, and Castle Gogar in Midlothian. In Edinburgh, his best-known works are the statue of George Heriot, George Heriots’ School, Lauriston Place, and the tomb of George Foulis of Ravelston (1636) on the west wall of Greyfriars Kirkyard, a three-bay Ionic temple-front design with side figures (now headless) representing Justice and Religion.

Bibliography: Dictionary of Scottish Architects – Architect Biography Report: William Aytoun; J. Gifford et al, Edinburgh,  Harmondsworth, 1984, p. 159, pl. 49; P. McEwan, The Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, 2004; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 1, pp. 250–56.

Ray McKenzie 2018