The Wolf of Badenoch
The Wolf of Badenoch
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JCVH
Scotland, UK477 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Stumbled onto this guy by accident on the way to Elgin City’s stadium. With no plaque or information giving any clues to his identity, and a pretty odd choice of placement for it, on a grassy plane between some shops and a roundabout, I’ll admit I was intrigued.

As it turns out The Wolf of Badenoch was not a nice gent at all, and in addition to murdering a lot of people he’s responsible for the state of the cathedral. As such his status as recipient of a statue is a bit odd, although judging from a local’s comments further down here maybe he has some sort of boogeyman-esquires infamy. Even then though the placement is odd.

Statue itself is nice enough, although the pose is a bit unnatural, especially the feet. It looks like somebody posed an action figure in a way to ensure he could be balanced with sword in the air…but at the expense of the rest of him looking odd. The weird pipes-bracket doesn’t do much for me either
Written August 16, 2021
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK5,222 contributions
Oct 2019
As other reviewers have mentioned, Alexander Stewart, First Earl of Buchan aka “The Wolf of Badenoch” was a deeply unpleasant man and one of the most infamous characters in Scottish history.

When you consider the fact that he sacked and destroyed several places in this area, it seems strange that Elgin should raise a statue commemorating him. But I guess that, when it comes to history, you can’t just remember the good guys.
Written October 9, 2019
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Sco
Aberdeen, UK4,123 contributions
Aug 2019
As we drove from Inverness towards Elgin, we saw this impressive statue by a main roundabout, within the city.
No indication who it is, or what it's about at all. Yes, lots of people can see it as they drive past (the best view of it is as you come from Inverness, i.e. west to east driving).
Historically a tyrant of a character to be sure. It seems like a half hearted project by the locals for some reason? Not even brightened up by plants/flowers, lights, information boards, seats (even though there's no doubt a lot of carbon dioxide about) etc. All a bit strange.
A shame really, as it's an impressive statue.
Written August 31, 2019
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Doozersdo
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Dec 2016 • Solo
Most public statues of individuals are erected as some form of memorial or celebration of that person. Being a son of Elgin myself I would seriously question why the town of Elgin would want to commemorate or celebrate the personage of The Wolf of Badenoch, an evil, philandering cretin and mass murderer who's only memorable contribution to Elgin was to murder large numbers of its inhabitants and put large swathes of the town and its cathedral and other prominent buildings to the torch! (Why oh why would anyone erect a statue of him here????)

But it seems selecting a high paid consultant based far from Elgin, and with no knowledge or sensitivity to historical context to select which historical figures to commemorate is how you end up with such an abominable choice.

Notwithstanding that, the statue itself is somewhat amusingly placed against the backdrop of one plain half of a historical town Close mutilated by the 20th century town centre by-pass that acts as a commemoration of an equally abominable period in regional transport planning. And why not build consistently on mistakes with more mistakes, The Wolf of Badenoch would surely be proud.
Written January 17, 2017
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haggistaster
Banchory, UK147 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
Can't understand why the town would errect a statue to the Wolf of badenoch, who burned the town and was best know for his extreme cruelty....
Written January 17, 2017
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StewartEm
Wolverhampton, UK29 contributions
Aug 2019
Wow, a statue of a medieval bandit who murdered and looted erected by the city that he hurt. If ever there was a memorial to Stockholm syndrome (siding with your persecutors) it's this.

As a work of art, it's quite good, with the destruction of Elgin cathedral hinted at by the dislocated window outline. It's life size but with a slightly awkward pose. Look at the turned in feet to see why.

It's one of three statues commissioned by the council, There's also a dandy-lion and a drummer boy. The dandy-lion is further up the Hight Street, I haven't seen the drummer boy.

A good example of civic foolishness and worth a small detour for that reason.
Written September 5, 2019
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treks.where.next
Midlothian, UK289 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
Echoing other reviews once you find out more about this figure it is a poor choice for a statue.

Still the shocking location looking into a roundabout and the disregard for statue is the least he deserved.

I'd add I find it weird there is no board/plaque (that I noticed?) To tell you who or what it is. It took some googling later to find out.

It's just poorly planned all over. Shame.
Written July 3, 2019
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JGoldbear
Harrogate, UK73 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
Quality of the statue is very good.

As per other reviews though, it is real shame that it isn't of someone who made a positive contribution to Elgin/Moray.

Instead we have the wolf - a man that by all accounts is famous because he burnt to the ground the city where the statue stands, as well as murdering many of its inhabitants. It makes no sense.
Written March 25, 2019
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RB1942
2 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
This man is recorded as one of the most evil characters in Scotland's history. What civic lunacy permitted and funded this monstrosity.
Written February 10, 2019
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AngieK-SSI
Salt Spring Island, Canada85 contributions
May 2018 • Family
What they don't mention on the plaque is this illegitimate son of the king in addition to burning Elgin and Forres to the ground plundered and murdered innocent folk. What is wrong with this world when folk like this are celebrated? Its also distracting as you negotiate the round about.
Written May 4, 2018
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