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  • After the novelist Sir Walter Scott died in 1832 it was decided to erect a monument to commemorate him and a public competition was announced. The winner was George Meikle Kemp, an untrained architect who originally entered under the name of John Morvo to conceal his lack of qualifications.
  • The foundation stone was laid on the 15th of August 1840 with an act of parliament permitting full-scale construction in 1841 with completion in August 1844.
  • The Scott Monument was built with Binnie sandstone, a type of stone that specifically attracts oil and soot, and rapidly created the aged mucky effect the exterior boasts today thanks to the pollution pushed out of the steam trains from the nearby Waverley Station. Ironically the ability to attract pollutants is also said to preserve the exterior from erosion by forming a protective layer.

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Architect
George Meikle Kemp

Reference Data

Reference No.
1316
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
14-05-2015
 

Building Location

Address
Princes Street, Edinburgh. EH2 2EJ
Council
City of Edinburgh
County
Lothian
Region
Scotland
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1832
Construction start date
1840
Completion date
1846
Style
Gothic Revival

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
61.11
Pinnacle Type
Spire

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Primary Use
Monuments


Construction Cost
£16,154.00
Budget Date
1844

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