Sir Walter Scott

Edinburgh Scotland

The Scott Monument, an icon of Edinburgh, a Gothic spire built in 1844 to honour Sir Walter Scott can be found in East Princes Street Gardens of Princes Street Edinburgh. The above view shows the Monument from North Bank Street with South St David Street in the background. Walter Scott was born in College Wynd in the Old Town of Edinburgh on 15 August 1771. The house is no longer there but a plaque on the wall at the top of Guthrie Street denotes the position of the house where he was born. The family moved to 25 George Square which was outside the city walls (pictured below) and that is where Walter Scott grew up. When he married he moved to his marital home 39 North Castle Street in the new town (pictured below). Walter Scott was a Scottish historical novelist and poet.  Walter Scott’s most famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.  This 200 foot tall monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott was funded mostly by a great admirer and author Catherine Sinclair. Climb the steps to the top for an exceptional view of Edinburgh city centre.

Statue of Walter Scott in the Scott Monument
Sir Walter Scott Braid Hills Hotel

Sir Walter Scott's

Birthplace Edinburgh

Near this spot stood the house in which  Walter Scott was born on the 15 August 1771 The original name to the street which is no longer here was College Wynd a street leading to the university building called the old College.

Wall Tablet of Sir Walter Scott's Birthplace
Sir Walter Scott's
Childhood Home

25 George Square Edinburgh which was outside the city walls is where Walter Scott grew up until he married at 26.

Plaque Walter Scott Lived here 23 years
Walter Scott's childhood home

Sir Walter Scott's

Marital Home

Walter Scott first rented a flat in 50 George Street for just under a year then late in 1798 moved to 10 Castle Street and lived there for 3 years. He then moved in 1802 to 39 North Castle Street Edinburgh and is where Sir Walter Scott lived with his wife and family until moving finally to Abbotsford in Melrose in 1812. It was a cottage but he soon purchased lands and started to build what can be seen today a world renowned house.

Plaque on Walter Scott's Home 39 North Castle Street Edinburgh
Walter Scott's Home 39 North Castle Street Edinburgh

Makars' Court

Lawnmarket Edinburgh

The slab that is in Makars' Court Royal Mile Edinburgh with the inscription;

This is my own, my native land

Sir Walter Scott 1771 - 1832

Slab in Makars' Court in honour of Sir Walter Scott

Robert Burns


Sir Walter Scott

The one and only time Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott met was in the house of Professor Adam Ferguson in Sciennes House Place, also present were Adam Smith, Dugald Stewart and Joseph Black. This was a meeting  place of the hierarchy of Edinburgh society.

Plaque commemorating the meeting of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott

Scott Monument


The inscriptions on the plaque on the stone reads; The Scott Monument | This Plaque and stone commemorate | the restoration of the nearby memorial | to one of Scotland’s greatest writers | SIR WALTER SCOTT (1771- 1832). | The monument was built between | 1840 and 1846 with stone from the | Binny quarry in West Lothian which | was specially reopened for the | 1998 – 1999 restoration. | The project was supported by | The Heritage lottery fund | and Historic Scotland | The City of Edinburgh Council

Scott Monument 

Honouring Sir Walter Scott

Plaque on Scott Monument in Princes Street Edinburgh
Walter Scotto Monument Princes Street Edinburgh
Stone with plaque bide Scott Monument Edinburgh

Replica Scott Monument  

Honouring Catherine Sinclair  

Replica Scott Monument Memorial to Catherine Sinclair