Scott Monument, Princess Street

Scott Monument, Princess Street, Edinburgh

 
This evening, I am focusing on the Scott Monument in Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.
 
This monument was erected in 1844 to commemorate the life ( 1771-1832) of romantic novelist, Sir Walter Scott whose novels and writings acted as a catalyst to inbound Scottish tourism in the 19th century. Scott’s prodigious output includes:
  • Ivanhoe
  • Rob Roy
  • Lady of the Lake
  • Waverley
  • Heart of Midlothian.

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

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 200feet (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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