The US chapter of the National Trust for Scotland announces that the Fenway's long missing statue of Robert Burns and his dog, Luath, will be formally re-unveiled in its original location in the Back Bay Fens on Wednesday.
Henry Hudson Kitson's statue of Burns had originally been unveiled in the Fens in 1920, in a ceremony led by then Gov. Calvin Coolidge. But proving that the best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley, it was unceremoniously moved to Winthrop Square downtown in 1975 as a favor from City Hall to the developer who had restored the building at 1 Winthrop Square, but who was unable to convince a Back Bay church to give up its statue of John Winthrop and who didn't want to pay to commission a new statue of the person the square was named for.
Burns' and Luath's return trip across town became possible when Millennium Partners, building a new tower where a municipal parking garage used to be, decided they'd rather have a fountain in the little Winthrop Square plaza instead of a poet and a dog striding through the moors. The Fenway Civic Association requested the statue be returned to its place near the statue of John Boyle O'Reilly and one thing led to another.
The celebration of the statue's return, starting at 2 p.m., is free and open to the public, but the National Trust requests you RSVP, so they know how many scones to bake.