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Linda McCartney

Photo: Bill Wilcock / Linda McCartney Memorial Garden, CC BY-SA 2.0

Sculptor: Jane Robbins

Materials: Bronze

Unveiled: November 2002 by Argyll and Bute MP Baroness Ray Michie.

Linda McCartney

Linda Louise McCartney, Lady McCartney, née Eastman (1941–1998), American photographer, musician, vegetarian cookbook writer and animal rights campaigner. Her early career was as a celebrity photographer and she became the first woman to have one of her photographs on the cover of the influential American magazine, Rolling Stone with her portrait of Eric Clapton. Her first marriage to the geologist, Joseph Melville See Jr., ended in divorce in 1965. She married the Beatle, Paul McCartney in 1969. After the Beatles disbanded, Paul taught her to play the keyboard and they formed one of the most successful bands of the 1970s, Wings. In 1975 the couple became vegetarian, she began writing vegetarian cookbooks and established Linda McCartney Foods, a company which produced frozen vegetarian food. Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer and died in 1998.

In November 2002 the Linda McCartney Kintyre Memorial Trust opened a Memorial Garden to her in Campbeltown, Kintyre in Scotland. This statue which shows Linda holding a lamb was commissioned and donated by Paul McCartney as a centrepiece for the garden. It was sculpted by his cousin, Jane Robbins. Linda and Paul had lived close by when they were first married. Mull of Kintyre was one their favourite places, celebrated in Wings’ number one hit.

Location: Linda McCartney Memorial Garden, St John Street, Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, PA28 6BJ.