Second plaque to Christie

A second plaque to Hillside artist Adam Christie will be erected in his birthplace in Shetland.

It will be a replica of the one that was erected at Sleepyhillock in the free ground where Christie is buried in a pauper’s grave earlier in the year.

On Saturday (August 30) at Aith, Cunningsburgh, when Alma Stove, (nee Christie) Joan, and Peter Christie, descendants of Christie will provide the joint address at the unveiling of a Historic Scotland commemorative plaque to the sculptor.

Dave Ramsay has been invited to provide part of the address to the memory of the artist as this brings together for Dave the final phase of a seven year project to acknowledge and commemorate the Hillside sculptor.

Dave said: “To be invited by the family to be part of this event is a great honour for me, and although I have visited Adam’s birthplace before, this will be all the more special because of the significance of his national and local recognition which at last has been rightly accorded, and will mark a significant event for the Christie family and the land of his birth.”

“The Historic Scotland plaque for Adam was only one of twelve awarded for the whole of Scotland, and to have a second plaque struck for Shetland as a mark of recognition, only underlines the importance of this amazing heritage story.” The unveiling of the plaque and dedication and reception at Cunningsburgh, will be coordinated by Alma Stove, grand niece of Adam Christie, and a special stone plinth has been created by Peter Christie, Adam’s grand nephew.

Dr Ian Tait, Curator of the Shetland Museum, will be a speaker at the event, and Alan Gair, chairman of the Cunningsburgh History Group will accept the Shetland plaque.

Young Shetland fiddlers will play the Aith Rant, an early piece composed by Christie, who was also an accomplished fiddle maker, musician and composer.

After the dedication event, a reception will be held in the Cunningsburgh Hall.

A further event will take place later in the year at Sleepyhillock Cemetery, Montrose, where a permanent granite sculpture in the Adam Christie style, will be added to his memorial site.