When I was 10 I read Ivanhoe, Waverley, and Kenilworth. I didn’t read the Lady of the Lake. Go figure. I’ll have to right that oversight. I still have my copies of the books. (Something anyone who knows me will not be surprised to know) Good thing they were all hardbacks.
It was a real challenge to get a photograph of the monument in between cars racing by.
After Sir Walter Scott’s death in 1832, it was decided, because of his popularity and fame as one of Scotland’s most distinguished writers, he should have some kind of monument to honor his accomplishments. A competition was held to garner a design. A joiner and draftsman, George Kemp entered his design under a pseudonym. A joiner is someone who does carpentry joining wood work without nails such as in cabinetry and book cases. He was also a draftsman. The monument was built between 1840 and 1844 but sadly Kemp never saw it completed. He drowned in the Union canal. His son Thomas placed the last stone in the monument in his stead in 1844.
The white Carrara marble statue of Scott with his dog Maida was sculpted by Sir John Steell and set in place at that same time.
The monument stands 200 feet high and is created from stone quarried from the Binnie Quarry in Linlithgow, West Lothian. The quarry was recently reopened just to harvest the same quality of stone to do renovations to the monument.
Seeing modern store fronts directly across the street from a monument erected in the mid eighteen hundreds was one of the things I marveled at while in Edinburgh. And the use of buildings constructed hundreds of years ago for modern purposes was another. The unbelievable amount of stone that had to be harvested to build the city of Edinburgh amazed me, because everything is built of stone.
We walked down the street and turned the corner onto The Royal Mile. At one end of the Royal Mile is Holyrood Palace and the other Edinburgh Castle and in the middle is St. Giles Cathedral.