John Wilson Memorial

John Wilson Memorial, Edinburgh: Address, John Wilson Memorial Reviews: 3.5/5

John Wilson Memorial
3.5
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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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malc1005
Kettering, UK3,864 contributions
Nice memorial
May 2021 • Couples
A nice memorial to John Wilson, in the gardens, easy to find, and well worth a visit, if your in the area.
Written May 8, 2021
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craigluscar
Dunfermline, UK13,157 contributions
A fine bronze figure
Feb 2020
Designed by Edinburgh Sculptor JN Steell RSA and standing on a pedestal by David Bryce .. Wilson enjoyed the company of William Wordsworth,Thomas De Quincey ,Robert Southay and Samuel Taylor Coleridge . A lawyer, writer and held a chair in Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University . He had an estate on Windermear which funded his income ,he was one of the great thinkers of his time
Written February 2, 2020
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,687 contributions
Advocate
Jan 2020 • Solo
John Wilson was a Scottish advocate, literary critic and author.. Was a professor of philosophy at the University.
Written January 29, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
John Wilson Memorial
Mar 2019 • Solo
This statue stands in tribute to Professor John Wilson, a Scottish advocate, literary critic and author.

The statue stands amongst his fellow considerably more famed Scots and depicts Wilson standing in a thoughtful pose with a half-open manuscript and a quill in his hand ready to put his thoughts into words.
Written March 23, 2019
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thetravellingmanUk
uk9,668 contributions
Scottish advocate, literary critic and author
Aug 2017 • Solo
The bronze statue of John Wilson stands in East Princes Street Gardens, and was erected in 1865.
Mounted on a stone pedestal, the statue depicts him standing in a thoughtful pose with a half-open manuscript.
Born near Paisley, and studied at Glasgow and Oxford. He was an influential thinker, who wrote for 'Blackwood's Magazine', and became Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University which caused some controversy. He wrote under the pseudonym of 'Christopher North', and his anti-reform views provoked opposition.
Hard to obtain a good photograph during my visit, as the statue was partially obscured by foliage.
Written August 30, 2017
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Scottish writer and professor
Apr 2017 • Family
This bronze statue of Scottish writer and professor, John Wilson stands in East Princess Street Gardens. The statue was sculpted by Sir John Steele. Qualified in law, his ambition was to write and he found his niche in writing for a Tory publication under the pseudonym 'Christopher North'. Appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University, he was an influential thinker of his day, though his reform ideas provoked opposition.
Written June 25, 2017
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finglaspete
Dublin, Ireland2,558 contributions
Another rich man who gets a statue on princes street.
Oct 2016 • Couples
Quite amazingly, nearly every statue has an opportunity to review here when it comes to this city, so here we have another learned man from a 'wealthy' family, I quote Edinburgh.gov website, more I write these reviews, the more I wish my visit to the city would have more dedications to the working class, only place you see it is if they died in a war for Britain basically, but Edinburgh was not built from the pockets of these people, they got their money from land lording, exploitation and ruling the working class, but as we can see so obviously with some of the grandest designs, that they believe they were the ones. Sad really, because they are great statues, but when you know the truth, you see them different.
Written February 4, 2017
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