Scott Monument, Edinburgh

Scott Monument, Princes Street, Edinburgh

This evening, I am focusing on the Scott Monument in Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and Princess Street is the principal shopping area.

This monument was erected in 1844 to commemorate the life ( 1771-1832) of romantic novelist, Sir Walter Scott who achieved worldwide fame principally through his series of twenty-six romantic, historical novels collectively known at the Waverley Novels which include such famous works as:

  • Heart of Midlothian
  • Ivanhoe
  • Rob Roy
  • Lady of the Lake
  • Waverley
  • The Fortunes of Nigel.
  • Guy Mannering.

Sir Walter also produced poetry and prose. His writings covered the period 1799- 1831 and acted as a catalyst for tourism in Scotland during the 19th century.

Scott’s former home at Abbotsford, near Melrose in the Scottish Borders is now a visitor attraction.

Waverley Bridge and Scott Monument, Edinburgh


Key features of the above Monument are:

  • Interior is accessible to members of the public who are prepared to climb the 287 steps to the viewing platform.
  • Designed by George Meikle Kemp.
  • Statue sculpture by Sir John Steell.
  • Total cost GBP16,155.
  • Height at top of filial is 200 feet (61M).
  • No lift or elevator.
  • Constructed of Binny Sandstone for nearby Linlithgowshire. Discolouration due to pollution of the 19th and 20th centuries.


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