Memorial Duke of Buccleuch

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Memorial Duke of Buccleuch
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Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel33,061 contributions
A nice looking statue.
Aug 2021
This is a nice statue with some intricate designs.
The statue is located near the entrance of St Giles' cathedral and you literally cannot miss it.
Written September 18, 2021
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
Intricately designed
Jul 2020
Statue of Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, Duke of Buccleuch.

Situated on the Royal Mile, Parliament Square this is an extremely impressive statue encompassing many interesting design features and to be honest is quite the design accomplishment, for it's time.

Well worth a look!
Written July 23, 2020
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Gabriel A
Ploiesti, Romania4,078 contributions
The historic statue of Duke of Buccleuch
May 2019
The monument is situated in the Parliament Square, Edinburgh, on the Royal Mile.
This is a tribute to an important Scottish conservative politician, and it was erected in February 1888.
This memorial is placed in front of St Giles Cathedral.
Written April 30, 2020
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,682 contributions
Impressive
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is a very impressive statue to the famous politician. Even if you have no interest in the subject this is still a very attractive statue outside of the cathedral.
Written January 27, 2020
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Malgorzata
10,542 contributions
It is worth looking at it
Mar 2019
This statue is situated in West Parliament Square, near the Edinburgh St. Giles Cathedral.It is dedicated to Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Prince Buccleuch, a Scottish politician and nobleman. The statue depicts the duke in portrait pose, wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter. His right leg is in front, while his left his hidden by his robes. In his right hand, he clutches his cape and his left hand is holding a pair of gloves. This statue stand upon a hexagonal pedestal around which are relief sculptures of scenes from the Duke's life. The statue was unveiled in Parliament Square on 7th February 1888. The design for the main part of the statue was by J. Edgar Bohem. Most visitors to Edinburgh will have passed the statue outside St Giles Cathedral on Parliament Square but it is worth looking at it at least for a few minutes.
Written January 10, 2020
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Andrew
St. Albans, UK6,226 contributions
Impressive monument to a Scottish politician and nobleman
Oct 2019
This 1888 monument to Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott (1806-1884), 5th Duke of Buccleuch and 7th Duke of Queensberry wearing the robes Order of the Garter robes. It is situated outside St Giles Cathedral in Parliament Square on the Royal Mile.

He inherited his dukedoms up on the death of his father in 1819. He was just 13, so the author Sir Walter Scott (no relation, but a friend of his father) was appointed his guardian.

At the age of 16 he hosted a visit by King George IV. The visit was the first by a sovereign to Scotland for almost two centuries and the first occasion when the wearing of tartan, which had been banned since the Jacobite rising of 1745, was not only permitted but required.

He was appointed a Knight of the Garter, a Privy Councillor and served as Lord Privy Seal from 1842 to 1846. After the down fall of Sir Robert Peel’s government in 1846 the Duke’s political career came to an end and he became Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, a position he was to hold until his death.

He responsible for creating significant employment throughout the country as well as building churches, houses and village halls. Following his death the statue was commissioned and paid for by a public subscription.
Written November 10, 2019
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SmileyKay
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,423 contributions
"Very Good"
May 2019 • Couples
Its neo-gothic decorations make this statue of the duke of Buccleuch, a Scottish politician and nobleman, stand out from the rest of the many bronze statues scattered around both the Old and the New Town.
Written August 1, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
An ornate neo-gothic sculpture with many interesting features.
Jun 2019 • Solo
This statue stands in tribute to Statue of Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, the 5th Duke of Buccleuch, His principal legacy was to have served in high office of the British government, having served as a politician for over 30 years.

The statue depicts the duke in portrait pose, wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter. His right leg is in front, while his left his hidden by his robes. In his right hand, he clutches his cloak and his left hand is holding a pair of gloves. The statues stands upon a hexagonal pedestal in stone around which are relief sculptures of scenes from the Duke's life, surrounded by rampant stags holding shields at the corners.

An ornate neo-gothic sculpture with many interesting features.
Written June 26, 2019
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Bibcay
Gateshead, UK3,599 contributions
Wow
Apr 2019
I think this statue is absolutely amazing. It’s pretty big and it’s actually interesting. It’s right next to ST Giles cathedral and it’s in the royal mile.
Written April 29, 2019
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AlexanderD
Jackson, NJ4,467 contributions
Complex and Rich
Aug 2018 • Family
It is easy to pass by this monument without giving it a second glance, but I recommend pausing for a few moments and looking carefully. It is really something special with its ornate embellishments and dramatic location.
Written August 17, 2018
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