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

Can You Find

All The Slabs

The inscriptions on the slabs read;

 

Makar

Sir Walter Scott

1771-1832

Novelist and Poet Born in Edinburgh

Inscription on slab

THIS IS MY OWN, MY NATIVE LAND

 

Makar

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 

 

Makar

Robert Burns

1759 – 1796

Poet Born in Alloway

Inscription on slab

MAN TO MAN THE WORLD O’ER

SHALL BRITHERS BE FOR A’ THAT

 

Makar

Robert Fergusson

1750 – 1774

Poet, Born in Edinburgh

Inscription on slab

AULD REIKIE WALE O’ I LKA TOWN

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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 

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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

 

 Makar 

Helen Cruickshank

1886 – 1975

Poet and Suffragette, Born in Hillside near Montrose 

Inscription on slab

THE SPIRIT ENDURES FOR EVER

 

Makar

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 

 

Makar

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

Makar

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 

 

Makar

Muriel Spark

1918 – 2006

Novelist, Born in Edinburgh

Inscription on slab

THE TRANSFIGURATION OF

THE COMMONPLACE

 

Makar

 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 

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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? 

 

Makar

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” 

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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?

 

Makar

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?

 

Makar

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.     

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

Naomi Mitchison

1897 – 1999

Novelist and Poet, Baroness, born in Edinburgh

Inscription on slab

GO BACK FAR ENOUGH

AND ALL HUMANKIND

ARE COUSINS 

 

Makar

John Galt

1779 – 1839

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

Inscription on slab

BIRR AND SMEDDUM 

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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,

 

Makar

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

Makar

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

 

Makar

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.

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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

 

Makar

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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