In Musselburgh, at the junction of Bridge Street and Mall Avenue, by the banks of the River Esk, stands the monument to the 19th century physician and poet David MacBeth Moir (one of the candidates for author of the Canadian Boat Song).
The statue was erected just around the corner from Carrick's home and would have been his first encounter with monumental art. The siting of the statue on a 20 foot high pedestal was common in Georgian sculpture and remained fashionable well into the late 19th century. Then it would have stood in splendid isolation with none of the traffic lights and signs, railings and street architecture which surround it in the busy street today. It would certainly have been a dominant feature in young Alex's childhood landscape, no doubt the agreed meeting place for many trysts with friends and could have made a deep impression.
The sense of isolated aloofness of the statue is heightened by the spiked railing which surrounds the base of the pedestal, warding off unwanted visitors. Carrick preferred lower pedestals bringing sculpture closer to the people (see 'Bronze Age' Forres)