Commemorative plaque for artist Adam Christie

What is believed to be a Adam Christie carved head, which  is near Montrose Basin
What is believed to be a Adam Christie carved head, which is near Montrose Basin

Montrose artist Adam Christie is one of 12 historical figures who are to be honoured in a set of new commemorative plaques.

The Commemorative Plaque scheme by Historic Scotland celebrates the life and achievements of significant historic people, through the erection of a plaque where they lived, or a building that was particular synonymous with their achievements.

Shetlander Adam Christie was admitted to Sunnyside Hospital in Hillside in 1901 with severe depression. He carved faces and figures into stones he found in fields nearby and is one of 12 historic figures to be celebrated in the scheme’s first year.

Dave Ramsay, who nominated Christie, said: “He developed a skill with no formal training, using only an old file as a hammer and a six inch nail for his sculptures.

“I am pleased to see that his extraordinary talents are now being recognised, as well as the contribution he has made to the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Montrose and Angus. This will ensure that the story of this remarkable man is never forgotten.”

Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs, said: “The scheme highlights the range of incredible creativity shown by the talented people of Scotland, celebrating individuals such as Christie, whose remarkable sculpted heads are on display in museums in Montrose, Shetland and Glasgow.”