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This evening I am posting an image of the Scott Monument in Princes Street, Edinburgh.

This dates from 1844 and was designed by George Meikle Kemp, a self-taught architect.

Unfortunately, Kemp died by drowning in the Union Canal whilst the monument was being constructed.

The statue of Sir Walter Scott by John Steell was installed in 1846.

This monument dominates Princes Street. A good clean would do wonders for the image of the area,

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This evening I am posting further images of my trip to Edinburgh yesterday.

Here is Bank of Scotland’s Headquarters building. Dates from 1802-6. Originally a sedate, classical building later extended into Roman Baroque.

National Gallery. This was designed by William Playfair 1845.

Waverley Railway Station. This dates back to 1854 and is named after Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley novels.

View of Calton Hill. It is the skyline which is important. Meant to portray the ‘Athens of the North’. Buildings include the National monument, Old Observatory, New Observatory, Playfair’s Monument, Nelson’s Monument and more.

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This afternoon I went to Edinburgh and took the opportunity to take a few pictures in the centre area.

Here is a view of the Royal Mile looking down towards Holyrood.

Here is a little known memorial to the Protestant reformer, John Knox. This plaque is located in Mary King’s Close

Here is the memorial to Sir Walter Scott author of the Waverley Novels and much more. The monument is located in Princes Street. It is possible to climb up on the inside although I passed on that today because of the bad weather. This monument is in need of a good clean.

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