- William III statue

The Scotland Guide
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On the west side of Cathedral Square Gardens is an equestrian statue of King William III, curiously dressed in Roman attire. Intriguingly, the horse`s tail is said to be designed to move in the wind by means of a ball and socket joint. In front of the plinth is a plaque declaring In commemoration of the Tercentenery of the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89. This refers to the removal of the Catholic King James II of Britain (VII of Scotland) and his replacement by the Protestant Queen Mary and Prince William of Orange. English and Latin inscriptions extol the many virtues of `King Billy` and reflect the very partisan attitudes of the subscribers to this monument, which was erected in 1735.

This article is based on the guidebook "The Glasgow Guide".

This large equestrian statue sits atop a massive plinth, placing it high above passers-by.

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