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Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Garden, The Linnaeus Monument

Commemorative Monument (18th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Garden, The Linnaeus Monument

Classification Commemorative Monument (18th Century)

Canmore ID 128042

Site Number NT27NW 36.01

NGR NT 24730 75529

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Architecture Notes

NT27NW 36.01 24730 75529

For list of related sites, see NT27NW 36.00 Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Garden, General.

Designed by Robert Adam (1778) with a Latin dedication by John Hope.

Relocated to the "Chilean Area" in 1969.

The momument commemorates the famous Swedish botantist Carl Linnaeus, who layed the foundations for the scientific classication of living things.

Photographed for a survey of the Royal Botanic Gardens by the RCAHMS Threatened Buildings Survey as a result of restoration work on the Temperate House.



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 (28 October 1999)

Carved oval urn with flame on top, with shaped moulding over square pedestal with portrait head of Linnaeus. From the mouth comes a garland of flowers framing a medallion with inscription. Restrained classical details.

Carolus Linnaeus (1707-78), Swedish botanist.

Inscriptions : Incised into medallion:





(Latin dedication by John Hope)

Signatures : None

Design period : 1778 - 1779

Year of unveiling : 1779

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0046)


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