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December 18 – Kelpies

The Kelpies, Falkirk. Designed by Andy Scott, these mythical water beasts guard the entrance to the Forth and Clyde Canal. © Hamish Brown. HMB-1554

The kelpie, or water-horse, is a shape-shifting water spirit from Scottish legend. Included in the Robert Burns poem ‘Address to the Deil’ (1786), the kelpie is said to lure travellers into the water.

The kelpies shown here are 30-metre-high sculptures designed by Andy Scott. Completed in 2013, the sculptures are located at the extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal in Falkirk. The 3-metre-high Kelpie maquettes visited St Andrews back in 2017.

This photograph is from the photography collection of author and photographer Hamish Brown (HMB-1554).

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