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Lobey Dosser Returns To Glasgow’s West End

Lobey Dosser riding on his trusty steed "Elfi" with his adversary, the villain "Rank Bajin," sitting handcuffed behind.
Lobey Dosser riding on his trusty steed “Elfi” with his adversary, the villain “Rank Bajin,” sitting handcuffed behind.

 

The statue of Lobey Dosser returns to Woodlands Road after a year’s absence. The famous statue, dedicated to comic-strip writer  William “Bud” Neill, features Neil’s legendary comic strip hero  riding on his trusty steed “El Fideldo” (Elfie), his resourceful two-legged horse and with his adversary, the villain “Rank Bajin,” sitting handcuffed behind.  The comic strip which appeared in the Herald and Evening Times newspapers  and ran in the 1940-50s , saw a second run in the 1980s and was a favourite amongst  Glaswegians as it was written in the local dialect known as “The Patter” and had many comic parallels to Glasgow place names and legends.

His memorial plaque reads –

Statue erected by public subscription
on May 1, 1992, to the memory of
BUD NEILL
1911 – 1970
CARTOONIST & POET
Creator of Lobey Dosser, Sherrif of Calton Creek, his
trusty steed, El Fideldo, resident villain Rank Bajin,
and many other characters

The statue was away getting repaired after being damaged from the abuse of people constantly sitting on it. El Fideleo has only two legs and it seems they were not up to supporting the extra weight of a third horseman.

The new statue has been fenced off to deter unwelcome sitters and has been modified to strengthen it  including put on a reinforced concrete podium.

The much loved Lobey’s statue was sorely missed by local people who now can enjoy it once again with some reassurance that it will last for many years to come.

Lobey Dosser Cartoon Strip from the Herald News Paper

Sculptors: Tony Morrow and Nick Gillon
Foundry: Powderhall Bronze
Plaque: Co-operative Monumental Services
Location: Woodlands Road, West End, Glasgow
Date executed: 1992

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