Cherub Fountain

Location: Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland

When the Tobermory waterworks were completed, Robert Strathern, the civil engineer in charge of the project, presented a drinking fountain to the town. It was erected in Main Street with the harbour in the background.

The drinking fountain, design number 10, cast by the Sun Foundry in Glasgow is seated on an octagonal base. A pedestal, basin and statue complete the structure at 5 feet high.

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Photographer, Craig Hutton. Source:

The single fluted pedestal supports the large basin (2 feet 8 inches in diameter) containing pattern #8 identified as ‘boy with a paddle and urn’.

Inscribed on the paddle is the dedication; Presented / To / The Burgh / Of / Tobermory / By / R. Strathern / 1883. Water was distributed via the urn and retrieved with a cup suspended on a chain.


At ground level, a small trough supplied water to dogs, and a stamp identifies Sun Foundry / Glasgow.


  • Fluted, a long rounded groove
  • Pedestal, an architectural support for a column or statue

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