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Upon the death of Sir Walter Scott in 1832, the capital city came together to agree on a fitting monument to this outstanding Scottish literary figure. It is amongst the largest monument to a writer in the world.

In 1836, an architectural competition was launched, inviting designs for an appropriate memorial. Two years later, the trustees approved the design submitted by George Meikle Kemp. This monumental statue, fashioned from a single piece of marble weighing 30 tons, took the sculptor six years to complete.

The story of the monument, and much more, is told within the monument’s Museum Room on the first floor. Your student group can discover more about Scott himself, his tumultuous life, his legacy on international literature, as well as the memorial built in his honour. Sound points enable visitors to listen to extracts from his writings.

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