NT2573 : Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens

taken 8 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens
Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens
Spectacular monument designed by George Meikle Kemp who modelled its features on the architecture of Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders. It was completed in 1844 at a cost of 16,000. As a young man Kemp had been walking the open road to Galashiels to take up a job as a millwright when a carriage drew up and he was offered a lift by a man whom he was only later able to identify as Walter Scott. The two men's paths crossed again by chance when Scott came across Kemp sketching in the grounds of Melrose Abbey, little realising that the results would one day end up incorporated in his own monument! Sadly, Kemp never lived to see the official inauguration of his masterpiece on which he had worked solidly for four years. One foggy night, while making his way home to Jordan Lane in the village of Morningside, he fell into the Union Canal at Fountainbridge and drowned. He died five months before the completion of his life's achievement. LinkExternal link

NT2473 : Grave of George Meikle Kemp, St. Cuthbert's Kirkyard

NT4836 : A plaque to George Meikle Kemp at Galashiels

NT5434 : Ruins of Melrose Abbey
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Saturday, 3 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 3 July, 2010
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WGS84: 55:57.1245N 3:11.5813W
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