Thank you to Barbara L Hiddleston, Dunnet, Caithness, Scotland, for
telling me more about the Sinclair Monument.
"The monument to Catherine Sinclair that
stands at the corner of Queen Street and St Colme Street is some 60 feet
high. This wasn't erected until after her death in 1864.
The following notes are based on
a report in 'The Scotsman' newspaper of January 1, 1866:
by David Bryce to erect this monument have been put into the Council
Chambers. John Rhind executed the monument between 1866 and 1868.
The Sinclair Monument
looks like a pillar from the Scott Monument, very gothic with lots of
pinnacles, in the Scottish Baronial style.'
Written on the base of the Sinclair
b. 17 April 1800,
died 6th August 1864.
She was the friend
of all children and through her book ‘Holiday House’ speaks to them still.
Beside success through her books many and popular, she endeared herself
first in her philanthropic work.
Brigade for the boys of Leith was the first of its kind. She initiated
cooking depots for working men and erected the first drinking fountain in
Edinburgh. Her hall for lectures and her work amongst the cabmen endeared
her name to different sections of her fellow citizens.
The Monument was raised by some of her many
friends. The inscription, except the name and dates, was added in
1901 by her affectionate nephew Sir Tollemache Sinclair."