'The Golden Boy'
I now have more information on The Golden Boy statue on the
dome of the Edinburgh University building in the Old Quadrangle.
Linda Moederzoom, of Bridgham, Norfolk has been working on her
family history for about 20 years and has given me some details of
Anthony Hall and his family:
- Linda's great great uncle was Anthony Hall.
He was an athlete in the 1860s / 1870s.
- In later life, he was an artists' model.
- He modelled for Edinburgh University's 'Golden
- He also modelled for the Burns statue in Leith.
- C. M. Campbell
wrote a book based on Anthony Hall published 1897 called Dielie
Jock. The book starts off with Anthony in an artist's studio
- Anthony is
buried in an unmarked grave in Piershill Cemetery.
Linda's describes her great
grandfather, Peter Hall, brother of Anthony (Golden Boy) as being
a real edinburgh character. Born in Edinburgh in 1874, he
became a noted athlete, winning many medals for both Scotland and
- Peter was also a reporter
/ editor / journalist. He edited The Shadow, a humorous
weekly Edinburgh magazine in 1874 and worked for The Hawick
Advertiser and The Scotsman.
He had his own florist shop on the corner of St. John Street and
180 Canongate for 25 years. He retired about 1903 and died
in 1928. Linda says that a photograph of this shop appears
in a book, but she has not been able to find a copy of the book.