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
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.
Sculptors: Tony Morrow and Nick Gillon
Foundry: Powderhall Bronze
Plaque: Co-operative Monumental Services
Location: Woodlands Road, West End, Glasgow
Date executed: 1992
KELVIN WAY BRIDGE – SCULPTURE AND SYMBOLISM