Sculptor James Boyd McLachlan was born in New Mills, Ayrshire, c. 1807.
After moving to Glasgow he operated a workshop in Cathedral Street, moving to 86 North Frederick Street, in 1848.
He produced several monuments for the Necropolis, including one to Johanna King, who died in 1835.
His best known work, however, is in Sighthill Cemetery: the colossal Martyrs’ Memorial, which commemorates the executed and transported ringleaders of the 1820 Radical uprising (1848).
McLachlan was the father-in-law of sculptor James Shanks, who married his daughter, Mary.