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Edinburgh, Calton Hill, Dugald Stewart's Monument

Commemorative Monument (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, Calton Hill, Dugald Stewart's Monument

Classification Commemorative Monument (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 116623

Site Number NT27SE 1264

NGR NT 26138 74132

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT27SE 1264 26138 74132

Dugald Stewart's Monument [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, November 2009.

Architecture Notes


Plans: Edinburgh University Library Playfair Collection - 1824 - 2 sheets p.11.

(Undated) information in NMRS.


Project (1997)

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association ( set up a National Recording Project in 1997 with the aim of making a survey of public monuments and sculpture in Britain ranging from medieval monuments to the most contemporary works. Information from the Edinburgh project was added to the RCAHMS database in October 2010 and again in 2012.

The PMSA (Public Monuments and Sculpture Association) Edinburgh Sculpture Project has been supported by Eastern Photocolour, Edinburgh College of Art, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Historic Scotland, the Hope Scott Trust, The Old Edinburgh Club, the Pilgrim Trust, the RCAHMS, and the Scottish Archive Network.

Field Visit (9 March 2001)

Circular base with nine Corinthian columns following the circle. Anum in the centre of the base. Above this an entablature with relief wreaths. Floral based sculpture on the top.

More recent octagonal railing with stone pillars with relief wreaths.

Based on monument of Lysicrates.

Inspected By : Emma Retson

Inscriptions : On base (incised letters):


Signatures : None Visible

Design period : 1831

Year of unveiling : 1831

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0525)

Archaeological Evaluation (8 September 2016)

NT 26138 74134 An evaluation was undertaken, 8 September 2016, of an uncovered stone feature. The feature was partially exposed during the formation of a series of planting beds to the E of Nelson’s Monument on Calton Hill. A trench was excavated across the top of the feature to identify its extent and purpose. The feature was formed from a deep cut into the bedrock of the hill, forming a large square chamber. The chamber was lined with dry stone and sealed with a 1m square stone capping. Two ceramic pipes ran in/out of the chamber; one of these was possibly from a down pipe and the other was perhaps an overflow. The feature proved to be drainage related. Its full purpose was not clear, but it was possibly a cistern tank for collecting rainwater.

Archive: NRHE

Funder: CECAS

Kenneth Macfadyen – Addyman Archaeology

(Source: DES, Volume 17)


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