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A local councillor wants a local man to be recognised in Kilbarchan for helping to build the Statue of Liberty. Councillor Derek Bibby is...

A local councillor wants a local man to be recognised in Kilbarchan for helping to build the Statue of Liberty.

Image of William A. Brodie who was Grand Master of Masons of New York in 1884 and in that capacity laid the foundation stone of the Statue of Liberty.

Image of William A. Brodie who was Grand Master of Masons of New York in 1884 and in that capacity laid the foundation stone of the Statue of Liberty.

Councillor Derek Bibby is asking residents how William A Brodie who was born in Kilbarchan in 1841 should be recognised in the village.

Brodie was important tool in the construction of probably the world’s most famous monument.

William’s parents are thought to have run a tavern in Church Street the site of a previous public house in the village.

In 1843 the Brodie family moved to the USA where William trained as a stonemason.

The high point of his career was when he laid the foundation stone of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

William was also influential in setting up a college which is now the State University of New York.

In his later life, William returned briefly to Kilbarchan before returning to the US where he died in 1917.

Cllr Bibby told local newspaper the Gazette: “The potential to maximise this link to the advantage of Kilbarchan is potentially really exciting. The centenary of William Brodie’s death is in 2017 and I am interested on hearing from folk in the village about how we might recognise his historic achievement.”