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Please click here to see small photos of ...   The Scott Monument

 

The Scott Monument

Design of the Monument

Around Edinburgh  -  The Scott Monument and Sir Walter Scott

The Scott Monument is situated in Princes Street, Edinburgh.  The monument  commemorates the work of the poet, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832).   

It  is a gothic tower,  designed by George Meikle Kemp.  The foundation stone of the Monument was laid on 15 August 1840.

Talbot

   Photograph of Talbot taken by John Moffat in 1864

The Monument was photographed under construction by William Henry Fox Talbot and by Hill & Adamson.  Unfortunately, Kemp never saw it completed.  He drowned in the Union Canal on 6 March 1844.

The monument is built from light Pale Binny Sandstone from West Lothian.  In early photographs the stonework looks light compared to the surrounding buildings.  It must have been an impressive site. 

Over time, the stonework has darkened through pollution in the air.  Cleaning was considered in the 1990s, but not carried out because of the damage that might have resulted to the stonework.

Size and Cost

  The Scott Monument and an old car  -  possibly the 1920s

The Scott Monument is situated in East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, opposite South Saint David Street .  It commemorates the work of the poet, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832).

The monument is 200ft. 6ins (61.1m) high.  It has 287 steps, and gives a good view in all directions from the top.  Engravings and paintings of views from the top of the monument have been produced by Ebsworth.

The foundation stone was laid on 15 August 1840.  The monument was completed in 1844.  It cost 16,154  7s 10d.

Bust of Sir Walter Scott

Around Edinburgh  -  Statue of Sir Walter Scott  -  A postcard by Deloitte Fenwick for Shurey's Publications

Beneath the monument, on raised steps, is a statue of Sir Walter Scott with his book and his dog, Maida.  This sculpture, by Sir John Steell is twice life-size and has been carved from a solid block of Carrara marble.

 

A bronze copy of the statue was made in Scott's foundry in Grove Street.  It is now in Central Park, New York, opposite the statue of Robert Burns by Steell.

 

Steel also designed the statue of Wellington (- known as the Iron Duke in bronze by Steell) that now stands in front of Register House.

 

Poetry

Douglas Fraser was a prominent Member of Edinburgh Photographic Society and a regular exhibitor in the EPS International Exhibitions was also an amateur poet.  

Here is an extract from one of his poem written in Scots verse:

The Scott Monument

[extract]

"A monument that makes the haill

O' Princes Street look oot o' scale

And wi' its Gothic trumpheries

As different as chalk and cheese

Sic is yon ferly o' an alter

For worshippers o' great Sir Walter"

  DJ Fraser

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks