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Edinburgh, Waterloo Place, Old Calton Burial Ground, Hume Monument

Commemorative Monument (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, Waterloo Place, Old Calton Burial Ground, Hume Monument

Classification Commemorative Monument (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) David Hume

Canmore ID 117415

Site Number NT27SE 1331.02

NGR NT 26029 74013

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 1331.02 26029 74013

Monument [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, October 2009.

Architecture Notes

NT27SE 1331.02 26029 74013



Calton Hill Monument

In a letter to Robert Adam, John clerk of Edinburgh comments upon the progress of building the new monument. He has drawn it from a window in order to put it into his drawing of the Calton Hill.


GD18/4209/2 (See detail from letter below)

Edinr, 5th December 1778

My Dear Mr Robert

I have been this day looking at the Monument it is now finished ye side towards the Bridge, except the filling up the earth at the Bottom, and whether it will be better as it is or better when filled up time will try. Both mr Clerk my son and my self are pleased with it, the Drysdales are much better pleased than they were, but not quite - this day I sat down and drew it from the Doctor's window, to put it into ye drawing of the Calton Hill which I had formely taken from that place, and in my drawing filled up the Bottom and made up ye yard wall so high as wings of ye building as formerly wrote you - and this pleased hs reverendship very much.

(The rest is about Naval Battles)


Robert Adam Esq

Adelphi Buildings


(Undated) information in NMRS.


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