NT5034 : Mercat Fountain, Abbotsford

taken 5 years ago, near to Tweedbank, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Mercat Fountain, Abbotsford
Mercat Fountain, Abbotsford
A plaque at the base of the fountain states that, "Sir Walter Scott rescued 'this venerable relique connected with so many ancient and interesting recollections' from the medieval Mercat Cross in Edinburgh, which had been demolished in 1756. Scott lamented the monument's demise in his 1808 poem Marmion*, but he was also acquisitive and sometimes rash when purchasing objects to enhance his estate at Abbotsford. In 1812 he noted that 'while my trees grow, and my fountain fills, my purse, in an inverse ratio, sinks to zero'."

*"Dunedin's Cross, a pillar'd stone, rose on a turreted octagon;
But now is razed that monument, whence Royal edict rang."
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 11 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Friday, 18 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5071 3423 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:35.9508N 2:47.0269W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5071 3423
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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