Carved in the early 1500's, the first home of this statue was the Cathedral in Aberdeen. Soon it was passed from family to family in order to protect it during the Scottish Reformation. Many graces were bestowed on those families and also on the Archduchess Isabella in Belgium who took it into her care. She was convinced that the statue both protected the ship and sailors on it into her care. She was convinced that the statue both protected the ship and sailors on its stormy journey, but also helped her win a decisive battle with the Dutch. She name the statue "Our Lady of Good Success", clothed it in her own finery and jewels and gave it to an Augustinian monastery for protection. During the French Revolution, the monastery was spared destruction in the heavy attack. Eventually the statue was established in a side chapel in Notre Dame du Finistere in Belgium. Our Lady was so venerated to there that the Scots did not have the heart to reclaim their beloved statue. Instead, a copy was made which is revered in Aberdeen today.
"The inner life of another that is known to God alone becomes to a much less degree open to us through friendship. It partially fills the desire of our incomplete, lonely hearts for completeness in another. Friendship brings out the best in a person through forgetfulness of self." - St. Thomas Aquinas