Melville Monument and St. Andrew Sqaure, Edinburgh, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on St. Andrew Square which sits at the eastern end of George Street in Edinburgh’s New Town.  

When Edinburgh New Town was conceived in  1766 St. Andrew Square was intended as an eastern counter-balance to Charlotte Square at the west end of George Street but evolved into Scotland’s premier financial centre comprising banks and insurance companies. Although the core architecture remains late 18th/early 19th century, infills and additions reflect Victorian and 20th century architecture styles.

Here is a summary listing of the principal buildings and monuments:

  • Hopetoun Monument ( 1824-34) by Thomas Campbell. Equestrian statue of the Earl of Hopetoun.
  • Melville Monument (shown above) by William Burn, 1821. Viscount Melville was the most powerful Scotsman of his time.
  • 21/22 St. Andrew Square which dates from 1772. Was home of the Earl of Buchan.
  • 23 St. Andrew Square by David Bryce, 1846.
  • 26 St. Andrew Square by Sir William Chambers, 1770-72.
  • 28 St. Andrew Square by Peddie and Browne, 1897.
  • Royal Bank building by Sir William Chambers, 1772-74. Originally a private house for Sir Laurence Dundas.
  • 35 St. Andrew Square by Robert Adam, 1769.
  • 38 and 39 St. Andrew Square by David Bryce, 1851-52.
  • Scottish Provident Institution, shown above immediately to left of monument with blue reflective glass. Dates from 1961.

Here is a video clip of St. Andrew Square

St. Andrew Square is easily accessible from the eastern end of Edinburgh and worth a visit for those interested in architecture styles.

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