Melville Monument


This evening, my theme is Melville Monument in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. It is a very significant monument which dominates the local landscape from St Andrew Square and has for long intrigued me.

The huge edifice is in memory of one Henry Dundas or First Viscount Melville (1742-1811). In his day Viscount Melville was a dominant figure in local politics and for a period of forty years held the important position of Treasurer of the Royal Navy.He was also Lord Advocate and Keeper of the Scottish Signet. Other information concerning the monument:

  • Funded via subscription from members of the Royal Navy.
  • Erected 1823 by famous engineer, Robert Stevenson, grandfather of author Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • Designed by William Burns.
  • Statue by Francis Chantrey¬†

Elsewhere today i have been occupied with:

  • Finalising tour itinerary for 5 day tour in October. This includes Mull and Iona which I have not visited for a couple of years.It proved incredibly difficult to secure lodging on Mull as the tourist season ends early October and most B&B and Guest House owners close down for the winter.
  • Responding to enquiries for two Charles Rennie Mackintosh themed tours of Glasgow.
  • An Islay whisky tour for 2011.
  • A large group family tour for mid August 2011 including Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Also, posted information on Burridge family history to my separate Glasgow Ancestry blog.

Weather here in Glasgow has been relatively mild and dry.

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