Sutherland Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  


Replica of Helmsdale Memorial 'The Emigrants' Heading For Canada

12th March 2007

Photograph of Replica of Helmsdale Memorial 'The Emigrants' Heading For Canada

A replica of the 30 foot bronze statue commemorating the Highland Clearances is being cast and shipped to the Canadian City of Winnipeg.

'The Emigrants' memorial in the Sutherland town of Helmsdale was originally cast by Highland foundry Black Isle Bronze in 2003.

Founder of Black Isle Bronze, Farquhar Laing (37), received the request for the replica of the three-figure statue from the St Andrew's Society in Winnipeg several months ago.

Laing said: "We're delighted with the commission - it's a big piece involving four tonnes of bronze. We're especially pleased to be picking up work from across the Atlantic; there's also a possibility of another replica memorial being commissioned by an organisation in Nova Scotia."

Laing established the foundry in 1994 on the Black Isle before moving into purpose built premises on the outskirts of Nairn in 2002 with the help of a development grant from the Highlands and Islands Enterprise network.

Black Isle Bronze now employs eight full-time members of staff, including two metal workers, a mould maker, a welder and sand moulder; the most recent recruit joining the foundry from Poland.

Further commissions the foundry is currently working on include two statues for Newcastle Football Club of Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn; and a statue of Bob Dylan for a private client.

A recently completed commission saw the Highland company collaborate with sculptor Sandy Stoddart and British builder Sir Robert McAlpine on a Robert Adam designed building in Picadilly, London. Black Isle Bronze supplied all 66 cast bronze elements of the eight storey structure.

Robert Adam said: "We were delighted to be working with Black Isle Bronze to ensure the highest standards of craftsmanship. The combination of a Paisley sculptor and an Inverness foundry brought the art and craft of Scotland to the most important thoroughfare of London."

Farquhar said: "We wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for the help we've received from HIE; their support has enabled me to grow the business, develop my workforce and to access the global marketplace."

The replica of The Emigrants, to be called the Scottish Highland Settlers Monument, will be unveiled in Winnipeg this summer.

For further information on Black Isle Bronze, visit or call Farquhar Laing on 01667 455172

More Photos Of the Statue

Many more Sutherland photos at


Related Businesses


Related Articles

Contract Awarded To Design Sutherland Spaceport
Architects have been appointed to design the spaceport that is being developed to launch small satellites from the Highlands.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is leading the £17.5m Space Hub Sutherland project, including a £2.5m grant from the UK Space Agency (UKSA).  
Dornoch Brothers Raise a Glass to New Micro DistilleryThumbnail for article : Dornoch Brothers Raise a Glass to New Micro Distillery
Two brothers are celebrating as the first spirit at their new micro distillery in Dornoch began to flow this month.   Phil and Simon Thompson's dream of opening their own distillery has become a reality as the Dornoch Distillery opened for business producing hand distilled gin, vodka, rum and whisky.  
Fibre broadband for Sutherland village of ArdgayThumbnail for article : Fibre broadband for Sutherland village of Ardgay
High speed fibre broadband is now available to order in Ardgay.   Fibre services are completely different to existing broadband services, and download speeds in the village will see a boost from a previous maximum of 8Mbps, to up to 76Mbps.  
Opening of community-owned sports pavilion celebrated with Shinty Sixes tournament
A new community-owned sports facility is being formally opened in Sutherland later this week.   The Scourie Sports Pavilion will be opened on Saturday 7 June by Lady Jane Grosvenor followed by the annual Far North Shinty Sixes competition.  
Events highlight benefits of Woodland CroftsThumbnail for article : Events highlight benefits of Woodland Crofts
A series of events is underway to provide information and advice to anyone interested in woodland crofts.  The Scottish Crofting Federation, the Community Woodlands Association and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust have joined forces to form the Woodland Crofts Partnership.  
Calling All Entrepreneurs - Win a Two Day Trip To An Event In Glasgow
Is your business a winner? Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is offering a two-day trip worth 1,000 to a high-profile event in Glasgow for Scotland's leading entrepreneurs.   If your business is based within the HIE geographical area, you've got at least one ready-for-market product or service and are actively seeking ways to expand your sales base beyond local boundaries, you are eligible to win a maximum of two delegate places at this prestigious event taking place on Friday 5th - Saturday 6th October 2007.  
Market Development Scheme Worth 9.2 Million In Food And Drink Sales
Highlands and Islands food and drink producers have attributed 9.2 million of new sales to events and exhibitions organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), through its UK Market Development programme.   A recent evaluation of the programme commissioned by HIE has demonstrated that bringing together food and drink producers and buyers is an effective way for speciality companies in the Highlands and Islands to do business.  
Challenge gives pupils taste for careers in food industry
Dornoch Academy pupils have been given a taste of running their own business over the past few weeks, by creating a new ice cream.   The pupils have been working with Harry Gow and Highland Fine Cheeses on a Food and Drink School's Challenge, which culminates in a final event on Saturday 15 March for 12 S3 pupils from the school.  
New Apprenticeship For Local Food Growers - A Great Opportunity
Highlands and Islands Local Food Network (HILFN) is to set up a food apprenticeship to train a new generation of food growers in the area - the first course of its kind in Scotland.   More and more consumers in the Highlands and Islands are choosing to eat healthily and shop locally which is leading to a shortage of locally grown fruit and vegetables in many parts of the north.  
A team of 6th year pupils at Golspie High School will find out later this week if they've made the grade as a one-off enterprise programme concludes in a series of business presentations by them.   The programme held over three, one-day workshops which started in September was designed by Dornoch-based management consultant Iain Fraser to expose the senior pupils to theories, processes and checklists in new product generation, strategic business thinking, marketing and entrepreneurship.