Hill, Amelia Robertson

BORN 15 Jan 1821, Dunfermline, Fife: Wooer's Alley - DIED 5 Jul 1904, Edinburgh: Newington Lodge, 38 Mayfield Terrace
BIRTH NAME Paton, Emmilia McDermaid
GRAVE LOCATION Edinburgh: Dean Cemetery, Dean Path

Amelia Robertson Hill was born as Emmilia McDermaid Paton. Her father Joseph Neil Paton was a damask designer. Her brothers J.N. Paton (1821-1901) and W.H. Paton (1828-1895) were both painters. She was probably trained by the sculptor William Brodie in Edinburgh.

In 1861 she created a bust of MP John Fergus for Kirkaldy Town Hall. Busts of Thomas Carlyle (1866, Collection National Trust of Scotland), David Livingstone (1866), Robert Burns (1881, Church Place, Dumfries), Percy Bysshe Shelley (1882, Tate Britain) and many others followed. Her statue of David Livingstone (1875) is located at Princes Street in Edinburgh. Three of the figures on the Walter Scott Monument in Edinburgh were created by her. She exhibited untill 1902.

In 1862 she married the early photographer David Octavius Hill, who was the secretay of the Royal Scottish Academy. They lived at several addresses in Edinburgh including Rock House on Carlton Hill. Her husband was twenty years older and he died in 1870. She sculpted a bronze bust for his grave at Dean Cemetery. After her death in 1904 she was buried beside him.

• Husband: Hill, David Octavius (1862-1870)

Related persons
• executed grave monument for Hill, David Octavius
• made a sculpture of Shelley, Percy Bysshe


The grave of David Octavius Hill and Amelia Paton at Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2019)


Amelia Robertson Hill - Wikipedia

Hill, David Octavius

Published: 15 Jul 2022
Last update: 03 Jun 2023