The Makars' Slabs

Makars' Court Lawnmarket Royal Mile Edinburgh

The Makars' Slabs

The Makars' Slabs can be found in Makars' Court Lawnmarket Royal Mile Edinburgh. Which is the court yard outside the Writers' Museum.

 

Access to Makars' Court is either from Lady Stairs' Close or Wardrop's Court in the Lawnmarket Royal Mile or from North Bank Street on the Mound across from the Bank Museum.

The Makars' Slabs are to honour each Makar. A Makar was originally a reference to poets of fifteenth and sixteenth century Scotland. It now includes more recent writers. Three of the more well known names slabs below.

The Makars' Court Slab Sir Walter Scott
The Makars' Court Slab Robert Burns

The Makars' Slabs

The inscriptions on the slabs read;

 

Sir Walter Scott 1771-1832  

Novelist and Poet Born in Edinburgh

Inscription on slab THIS IS MY OWN, MY NATIVE LAND

 

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 – 1894  

Novelist, Poet and Travel writer Born in Edinburgh

Inscription on slab THERE ARE NO STARS AS LOVELY AS EDINBURGH’S STREET LAMPS 

 

Robert Burns 1759 – 1796  

Poet Born in Alloway

Inscription on slab MAN TO MAN THE WORLD O’ER SHALL BRITHERS BE FOR A’ THAT                                                                             

 

Robert Fergusson    1750 – 1774   

Poet, Born in Edinburgh

Inscription on slab AULD REIKIE WALE O’ I LKA TOWN

 

GAVIN DOUGLAS   1476 – 1522     

Poet, Scottish Bishop and Politician, Born in Tantallon Castle East Lothian

Inscription on slab MAK IT BRAID AND PLANE KEPAND NA SUDRON BOT OUR AWYN LANGAGE

 

Tom Scott      1918 – 1995 

Poet, Builders Labourer and Soldier, Born Partick Glasgow

Inscription on slab WEIRD HOU MEN MAUN AYE BE MAKIN WAR INSTEID O THINGS THEY NEED 

 

James Boswell       1740 – 1795

Laird of Auchinleck, Biographer, Advocate, Born in Edinburgh

Inscription on slab I RATTLED DOWN THE HIGH STREET IN HIGH ELEVATION OF SPIRITS             

 

Lachlan Mor MacMhuirich 1370 – 1478

Scottish Bard Professional Poet of a dynasty of Poets, Born in the Hebrides

Inscription on slab A CHLANNA CUINN CUIMHNICHIBH CRUAS AN AM NA H-IORGHAILE

 

Sir David Lyndsay 1486 – 1555

Lyon King of Arms, Satirist, Poet and Diplomat, Born in Fife 

Inscription on slab LAIT US HAIF THE BUKIS NECESSARE TO COMMOUN WEILL

 

Helen Cruickshank 1886 – 1975

Poet and Suffragette, Born in Hillside near Montrose 

Inscription on slab THE SPIRIT ENDURES FOR EVER

 

George MacKay Brown 1921 – 1996

Poet, Dramatist and Author, Born in Stromness, Orkney

Inscription on slab IN THE FIRE OF IMAGES GLADLY, I PUT MY HAND 

 

Sydney Goodsir Smith 1915 – 1975

Poet, Artist, Novelist and dramatist, Born in Wellington New Zealand

Inscription on slab BARDS HAE SUNG O LESSER LUVES THAN I O THEE OH MY GREAT FOLLIE AND MY GRANDERIE

 

 

 

Iain Crichton Smith 1928 – 1998        

Poet and Novelist, Born in Glasgow in 1928 lived in Bayble Lewis from infancy

Inscription on slab LET OUR THREE-VOICED COUNTRY SING IN A NEW WORLD 

 

 

Muriel Spark 1918 – 2006

Novelist, Born in Edinburgh

Inscription on slab THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE COMMONPLACE

 

John Muir 1838 – 1914

Engineer, Naturalist, Philosopher, Writer, Botanist and Geologist, Born in Dunbar

Inscription on slab I CARE TO LIVE TO ENTICE PEOPLE TO LOOK AT NATURE’S LOVELINESS 

 

Douglas Young 1913 – 1973

Poet and Politician Leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party, Born in Tayport Fife

Inscription on slab HE WAS EIDENT, HE WAS BLYE, IN SCOTLAND’S CAUSE

 

Fionn Maccolla (AKA) Thomas Douglas Macdonald 1906 – 1975

Actual name Thomas Douglas MacDonald a Novelist, born in Montrose

Inscription on slab MY BOOTS IN THE SOIL OF ALBA

 

Nigel Tranter 1909 – 2000

Historian and Author, Accountant, Born in Glasgow

Inscription on slab YOU INTEND TO BIDE HERE? CAN YOU THINK OF ANYWHERE BETTER?         

 

Neil Munro 1863 – 1930

Lawyers Clerk, Journalist, writer (Hugh Foulis), Born in Inveraray

Inscription on slab “AND YET, AND YET, THIS NEW ROAD WILL SOME DAY BE THE OLD ROAD, TOO”                

 

Neil Miller Gunn 1891 – 1973

Novelist, Dramatists and Critic, Born in Dunbeath

Inscription on slab KNOWLEDGE IS HIGH IN THE HEAD BUT THE SALMON OF WISDOM SWIMS DEEP

 

James Allan Ford 1920 – 2009

Born in Auchtermuchty in Fife

Inscription on slab SING OUT THE SILENCE FILL FOR EVER AND EVER THE EMPTINESS WRITER, SOLDIER AND SENIOR CIVIL SERVANT

 

Dorothy Dunnett 1923 – 2001 

Painter, Sculptures and fiction writer, Born in Dunfermline Fife 1923

Inscription on slab WHERE ARE THE LINKS OF THE CHAIN JOINING US TO THE PAST?

 

James Bridle 1888 – 1951                 

Scottish Playwright, also a surgeon in the 1st and 2nd world wars, real name Osborne Henry Mavor, born in Glasgow  Inscription on slab WHO KNOWS THE HEART OF MAN AND WHAT MOVES IN THAT DARKNESS?

 

William Dunbar 1460 – 1520 

One of the greats, Poet associated with the court of James IV, and Advocate of Law, Born, circa 1880

Inscription on slab THE FESCHE IS BRUKLE THE FEND IS SLE TIMOR MORTIS CONTURBAT ME.     

 

John Buchan 1875 – 1940

Writer and Historian, first Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield, 15th Governor General of Canada, Born, Perth 1875    

Inscription on slab WE CAN ONLY REPAY OUR DEBT TO THE PAST BY PUTTING THE FUTURE IN DEBT TO US

 

James King Annand 1908 – 1993

Poet famous for children’s poems, Principal History Teacher, Editor, born in Edinburgh Christopher Murray Grieve         

Inscription on slab SING IT AINCE FOR PLEISURE SING IT TWICE FOR JOY

  

Naomi Mitchison 1897 – 1999

Novelist and Poet, Baroness, born in Edinburgh

Inscription on slab GO BACK FAR ENOUGH AND ALL HUMANKIND ARE COUSINS 

 

John Galt 1779 – 1839                              

Writer, Novelist, founded the town of Guelph in Canada, born Irvine Ayrshire 1779

Inscription on slab BIRR AND SMEDDUM 

 

David Daiches 1912 – 2002   

Author, Editor and authority on Scottish Literature, born in Sunderland 1912 lived his life in Edinburgh

Inscription on slab BRIDGE-BUILDING IS MY VOCATION

 

Violet Jacob 1863 – 1946

Novelist and Poet, born House of Dun, Montrose

Inscription on slab THERE’S MUCKLE LYIN YONT THE TAY THAT’S MAIR TO ME NOR LIFE

 

Hugh MacDiarmid 1892 – 1978

Journalist, Author Poet, born Christopher Murray Grieve in Langholm, Scottish Borders 1892

Inscription on slab DRUMS IN THE WALLIGATE PIPES IN THE AIR THE WALLOPIN’ THISTLE IS ILL TO BEAR

 

Lady Culross, Elizabeth Melville 1578 – 1640

First Scots woman to have printed works “Ane Godlie Dreame” 1603, Born, Collessie near Cupar Fife

Inscription on slab THOUGH TYRANTS THREAT, THOUGH LYONS RAGE AND RORE DEFY THEM ALL, AND FEARE NOT TO WIN OUT POET,

 

Robert McLellan 1907 – 1985

Writer, Poet and Dramatist awarded O.B.E in 1978, born Clyde Valley near Lanark  

Inscription on slab THE POUER TO BIGG A BRAW WARLD IN HIS BRAIN CRAITUR MARKS MAN THE ONLY THAT CAN GREIT

 

George Buchanan 1506 – 1582

Teacher, Poet and the person that helped Elizabeth I in the execution of Mary Queen of Scots, Born, Killearn, Stirling 1506

Inscription on slab POPULO ENIM IVS EST VT IMPERIVM CVI VELIT DEFERA

 

Robert Garioch Sutherland 1909 – 1981

Poet, Author and School Teacher, born Robert Garioch Sutherland

Inscription on slab IN SIMMER, WHAN A SORTS FOREGETHER IN EMBRO TO THE PLOY.                                                                                                         

 

John Barbour 1320 – 1395       

Poet, Archdeacon and supporter of King David II, First to write in Scots language, born in Aberdeenshire

Inscription on slab FREDOME IS A NOBLE THING                      

 

Nan Shepherd   1893 -1891

English school teacher, Writer, Novelist and Poet, born Peter Culter on the River Dee 1893. 

Inscription on slab IT’S A GRAND THING TO GET LEAVE TO LIVE

 

Robert Henryson 1425 – 1490

Poet, School teacher and law Advocate, born as record show he was at University in 1462

Inscription on slab BLISSED BE SEMPILL LYFE WITHOUTIN DREID                                                                                   

 

Sorley MacLean (Somhairle MacGill-Eain) 1911 – 1996 

School teacher and Poet son of a tailor, born Island of Raasay between Skye and main land Scotland

Inscription on slab NAN ROBH AGAINN ALBA SHAOR ALBA CO-SHINTE RI AR GAOL

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