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Monuments: Scott Monument

This is the biggest monument to any writer in the world and commemorates Sir Walter Scott (15th August 1771– 21st September 1832) who was a hugely successful and influential novelist who created Scottish Romanticism. It is over 200 feet or 61 metres high, built from Binny sandstone in the Gothic architectural style, it has 287 spiral steps to the top, and within niches are 64 character statues from Scott’s novels by many well-known sculptors. George Meikle Kemp (25th May 1795 – 6th March 1844), a carpenter from Midlothian, designed the monument inspired by Melrose Abbey.Sir John Steell (1804-91) was the sculptor of the Italian Carrara marble statue of Scott with his deerhound, Maida.
Princes Street Gardens