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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Thomas Hadden (1871–1940)

Architectural metalworker and founder of the ironworking firm that traded under his name in Edinburgh from 1901 until 1975. Specialising in decorative work that combined delicacy of design with robustness of structure, he worked with many leading architects, but is particularly associated with Sir Robert Lorimer, for whom he produced screens and gates at the Thistle Chapel in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh (1909–11), and the steel casket that forms the centrepiece of the Shrine at the Scottish National War Memorial (1924–27).

Bibliography: D.A. Cross, Public Sculpture of Lancashire and Cumbria, Liverpool, 2017, pp. 139–40; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 1, pp. 434, 466; E. Wright, ‘Thomas Hadden: architectural metalworker’, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, no. 121, 1991, pp. 427–35.

Ray McKenzie 2018