Adam Smith Statue

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Adam Smith Statue
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The area
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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Alien W
412 contributions
My Visit
Oct 2021
I did not know he is Scottish until I saw this statue. Obviously, almost everyone knows and is somehow governed by his found.
Written October 27, 2021
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel33,061 contributions
A lovely statue.
Aug 2021
This statue of Adam Smith, "The Father of Capitalism" in Scotland is centrally located on High Street.
Funnily enough, this statue was erected through private donations.
Written September 17, 2021
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,136 contributions
Probably the most influential Scotsman ever?
Oct 2020
Ask many people (including Scots) to name famous historical Scotsmen and the list will undoubtedly include Wallace, Bruce, Burns, Walter Scott, Bonnie Prince Charlie and a host of others; yet few would mention Adam Smith, which is strange as, arguably, Smith has been one of the most influential Scots who has ever lived, and his influence is still a major part of the modern world.

Adam Smith (1723-1790) was a Scottish philosopher and economist who is best known as the author of "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth Of Nations" (1776), which is one of the most influential books ever written.

The Wealth of Nations deeply influenced the politicians and businessmen of that time and provided the intellectual foundation for the understanding of the necessity and benefits of free trade between nations and the associated economic expansion that would accrue.

Arguably, the fact that this necessity of free trade is still accepted worldwide, is a direct result of Smith's intellect and drive. If anyone deserves a statue on the Royal Mile it is surely Mr Smith!
Written November 16, 2020
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Malgorzata
10,542 contributions
Great statue for a great man
Oct 2019
Adam Smith was Scottish thinker and philosopher, author of ''Research on the nature and causes of the wealth of nations'' , which was one of the first attempts to systematize knowledge about the history of industrial and trade development in Europe. His works are among the most famous and appreciated studies on the market economy, capitalism and liberalism. Smith was a multi-faceted thinker and one of the most educated Britons of the eighteenth century. You'll find it while walking around the Royal Mille, so it's a place not to be missed when visiting Edinburgh.
Written September 14, 2020
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DJM1945
Montrose, UK1,799 contributions
Statue of a giant in economics
Aug 2020
This statue of Adam Smith who is a giant in the field of economics wrote the Wealth of Nations, is on the Royal Mile and close to St.Giles Cathedral .
Written August 16, 2020
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
A personal hero
Jul 2020
The forefather of modern, wealth-creating, capitalist societies which have lifted so many people accross the globe out of poverty, author of "An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" many well-known scholars including Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels used Scottish/British economist Adam Smith's economic theories to build into their own economic theories. For example, Smith, Marx and Engels believed that competition (a pillar of capitalism) among producers of goods was beneficial to society as a whole. There are many similarities in their work, although their economic theories are considered to be opposits.

Fascinating man.
Written July 23, 2020
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Anu
United Kingdom896 contributions
Stunning
Feb 2020
The attention to detail in the statue is truly stunning.
Sculpted and cast in bronze, this imposing statue of Adam Smith, Philosopher and Father of Modern Economics thinking, faces down the High Street towards his hometown of Kircaldy in fife across the river Forth. It was unveiled on 4th July 2008.
The statue is outside St. Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile.
Written March 11, 2020
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK939 contributions
Modern statue for the pioneer of modern economics
Feb 2020
The statue of Adam Smith, author of “The Wealth of Nations” written in 1776, looks well established in its spot on the Royal Mile, but in fact has only been in place in 2008. In July 2008 the Adam Smith Institute unveiled the 10 foot bronze statue created by sculpture Alexander Stoddart, showing Smith in his later years. Worth a look if you’re passing.
Written February 10, 2020
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George B
Aberdeen, UK1,547 contributions
Adam Smith - Famous Economist
Feb 2020 • Solo
This can be found on the Royal Mile just behind St Giles Cathedral. A superb statue and worth a visit.
Only suggestion is that it needs a clean.
Some good buskers nearby.
Written February 8, 2020
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,688 contributions
Scottish economist
Jan 2020 • Solo
This bronze statue remembers this famous Scottish economist and philosopher. The statue shows Smith in his later life.
Written January 27, 2020
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