Princess Anne to unveil Skye terriers statue

A new statue of Skye terriers will be unveiled at the Clan Donald Centre later this month as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the rare breed.

With only 3,000 of the dogs now worldwide, the Skye Terrier Club have teamed up with Clan Donald Skye for a special celebration of the breed.

“The Homecoming” statue by Georgie Welch will be unveiled by The Princess Royal at Armadale Castle on Thursday 24th July. After unveiling the statue, which features two Skye terriers, Princess Anne will be shown a display on the breed at the Museum of the Isles and will meet Skye terrier supporters from home and overseas.

A focal point of the museum display will be the rare chance to see a sculpture of a Skye terrier by the internationally-renowned figurative sculptor and animalier, Edouard-Marcel Sandoz (1881-1971). As an owner of Skye terriers, Sandoz created three sculptures of these dogs which have never been on public display before.

The 150-year-old plaster model of Greyfriars Bobby, which was used as the prototype for the iconic bronze statue of the famous Skye terrier and was gifted to the Skye Terrier Club last year, will also be on display.

Jenny Kendrick, chairman of the Skye Terrier Club, said: “The Skye Terrier Club is delighted and greatly honoured that Her Royal Highness has agreed to unveil the statue. ‘The Homecoming’ offers a very unique opportunity for the thousands of visitors, from home and overseas, who visit Armadale Castle’s grounds and museum every year, to learn about Skyes.

“They are a part of the island’s heritage and now very endangered. We hope that the sculpture and display will give visitors a greater knowledge and understanding of these intelligent, loving and loyal dogs.”