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West Princes Street Gardens, Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial

A Category A Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.95 / 55°57'0"N

Longitude: -3.2023 / 3°12'8"W

OS Eastings: 325016

OS Northings: 673652

OS Grid: NT250736

Mapcode National: GBR 8LG.VK

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.SQ90

Entry Name: West Princes Street Gardens, Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial

Listing Date: 15 October 2001

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395666

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48255

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: City Centre

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Ian Hamilton Finlay, 1999. Birch grove with stepping stones; stone monument: bay leaf torus moulding to column base on carved pedestal.

Statement of Interest

The A Group comprises The Allan Ramsay Monument, The Cottage, Dr Guthrie's Monument, The Police Box, The Ross Fountain, The Royal Scots Greys Monument, The Royal Scots Memorial, The Scottish American Memorial, The Shelters, The Simpson Monument, The Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial and The Statuary Group, all in West Princes Street Gardens. Carving to pedestal reads 'Man of Letters RLS 1850-1894.' West Princes Street Gardens were laid out by James Skene for the Princes Street proprietors circa 1820. In 1866 John Dick Peddie produced a plan, shown in 2 water-colours entitled 'the Athens of the North,' one looking NE across E Princes Street Gardens, showing Calton Hill with a completed National Monument/Parthenon, and the other, looking W across W Princes Street Gardens, showing the Gardens as a 'Walhalla' with a broad terrace with monuments and mausolea, fountains and a winter garden. The gardens were acquired by the city in 1876 and further landscaped by Robert Morham.

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