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Market Place, Sir Walter Scott Memorial

A Category B Listed Building in Selkirk, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5471 / 55°32'49"N

Longitude: -2.8415 / 2°50'29"W

OS Eastings: 347000

OS Northings: 628478

OS Grid: NT470284

Mapcode National: GBR 84L9.MB

Mapcode Global: WH7WV.BT4W

Entry Name: Market Place, Sir Walter Scott Memorial

Listing Date: 12 March 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 386519

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB40571

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Selkirk

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Selkirkshire

Traditional County: Selkirkshire

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Alexander Handyside Ritchie, 1839 with later alterations (Dick Peddie and Walker Todd, 1932, new base). Square-plan base and pedestal of 2 stages, battered 2nd stage with leaf and dart and cornice; full-height pedestrian statue. Painted ashlar (?). To NW elevation, at base, plaque commemorating centenary (1832-1932) of Sir Walter Scott, unveiled by the Duke of Buccleuch; at 1st stage of pedestal carved with original commemoration, when statue erected; winged lute, with Waverley carved to ribbon, at panel, 2nd stage; base with statue, robed as Sheriff in contraposto stance with stick. Selkirk motif at 1st stage of NE elevation; wreath at 2nd stage. Wreath to each stage of SE elevation. Heraldic emblem (of Scott) to SW at 1st stage; wreath at 2nd stage above.

Statement of Interest

Sir Walter Scott was Sheriff of Selkirk from 1800 to 1832. According to Strang, the statue was erected by the Gentlemen of the County. The statue is positioned on the site of the Old Tolbooth. In 1904, there were railings in place around the monument.

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