NT2574 : Melville Monument, St. Andrew Square

taken 8 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Melville Monument, St. Andrew Square
Melville Monument, St. Andrew Square
The 150 feet-high monument to Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, was designed by William Burn and erected in 1821. The statue was sculpted by Robert Forrest. Dundas was appointed Solicitor for Scotland at the age of 24. After being elected MP for Midlothian in 1774, he served under the Younger Pitt and was appointed Treasurer of the Navy and, later, President of the India Board. Dundas was accused of establishing a Tory political despotism north of the Border, the Whig Lord Cockburn calling him "the absolute dictator of Scotland". His political enemies nicknamed him "Harry the Ninth, uncrowned King of Scotland". Dundas' patronage was essential to any aspiring politician of his time and it was his influence that secured many Scots high positions in the Indian Administration. Sir Walter Scott called the India Board, "the corn chest of Scotland, where we poor gentry must send our youngest sons, as we send our black cattle to the south". LinkExternal link

"Within this Pandemonium sat the town-council, omnipotent, corrupt, impenetrable. Nothing was beyond its grasp: no variety of opinion disturbed its unanimity for the pleasure of Dundas was the sole rule for every one of them. Silent, powerful, submissive, mysterious and irresponsible, they might have been sitting in Venice."
-- Henry Cockburn, Memorials Of His Time

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Friday, 2 October, 2009
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