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Wordless Wednesday – Statue of Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly

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Statue of Field Marshall Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly was a descendant of Scottish clan Barclay whose family had settled in the Russian Empire. His grandfather Peter was the mayor of Rīga for a time. As Field Marshall, Michael Andreas was the commander of the Russian army against Napoleon in the early 1800s. He died in May of 1818. This statue is found in the Esplanade park in Rīga, built initially in 1913, evacuated and destroyed in 1915 during the First World War, then renewed in 2002. (Photo taken by me, April 2012.)

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