Sir Walter Scott - Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet.
Born on 15 August 1771 in Edinburgh. Died age 61 (September 21, 1832) at Abbotsford
Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America.
His novels and poetry are still read, and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature.
Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.
Following Scott's death in 1832, a competition was held to design a monument to him.
George Meikle Kemp was awarded the contract to construct the monument in 1838, one year after Scot’s death.
The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument.
The tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.11 m) high which makes it the largest monument to a writer in the world.
It stands in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, near to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station.
John Steell was commissioned to design a monumental statue of Scott to rest in the space between the tower's four columns.
Steell's statue, made from white Carrara marble, shows Scott seated, resting from writing one of his works with a quill pen and his dog Maida by his side.
In the early 1990s a restoration programme was undertaken, involving replacing damaged areas with Binny stone. Especially for that occasion original quarry was re-opened.
East Princes Street Gardens
Edinburgh EH2 2EJ
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