Thomas Guthrie Statue

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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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malc1005
Kettering, UK3,873 contributions
Nice statue
May 2021 • Couples
A nice statue of Thomas Guthrie, situated in the gardens, well worth a visit, if your in that area of Edinburgh.
Written May 8, 2021
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craigluscar
Dunfermline, UK13,168 contributions
Respected in his field
Jun 2020
A Founder of Industrial schools . Attended Edinburgh University studying Surgery ,Anatomy and Theology . Well respected in his field . He stopped drinking alcohol when he was 38 . The Manse fund in Scotland was the recipient of large sums of money from his fund raising. He was born on the .12 July 1803 and died 24 February 1873.
Written October 23, 2020
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Gaurav C
New Delhi, India3,089 contributions
Philantropist
Mar 2019
Thomas Guthrie was a noted philanthropist and Preacher of Scotland..He was associated with Ragged schools .. the statue can be easily missed even though it stands right on the princes street..It is made of Portland stone
Written February 8, 2020
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Steve T
Preston, UK19,926 contributions
Yet another impressively ......
Aug 2019
...... historically relevant statue in a city that is seemingly awash with them - which isn't to criticise indeed I do feel more cities should make the effort to memorialise those associated with them who have meaningfully achieved.

This statue is to a 19th century philanthropist who in particular assisted in the provision of education to the poorer masses - a most worthy cause which for me at least is deserving of a memorial - an indicator of the way to go for others perhaps.
Written August 27, 2019
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SmileyKay
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,423 contributions
Interesting character
May 2019 • Couples
"A friend of the poor and of the oppressed", as he was called, Thomas Guthrie was a Scottish divine and philanthropist.This statue dedicated to him stands in Princes Street Gardens.
Written August 1, 2019
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,982 contributions
Preacher and Philanthropist
May 2019 • Couples
The plinth that the statue of Thomas Guthrie stands on states that he was a preacher and philanthropist. I must admit that I had never heard of Thomas Guthrie or had any idea why he would merit a statue and I suspect that most people that past by would be the same. I have found out that he was a very popular preacher of his day and was a founder of the "ragged schools" in Edinburgh( I have read with interest that the original ragged school was in the building that is now part of the Camera Obscura )
A great and kind man but sadly forgotten so I am glad that I have got to know something of his history.
The statue stands in Princes Street Gardens near the railings so it can be viewed from the street.
Written May 17, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Rev Thomas Guthrie
Mar 2019 • Solo
This statue stands in tribute to Thomas Guthrie, a Scottish preacher and philanthropist in the 19th century. His main legacy was his contribution to temperance movement and "Ragged Schools", which were schools providing education to destitute children,

The statue is located in Princes Street Gardens amongst fellow famous Scots. It depicts the figure of Thomas Guthrie with a ragged boy, while holding a bible in his right arm, in reference to his legacies.

The statue is in a bit of a sorry state, with a layer of moss on much of it. The sentiments are worthy though.
Written March 23, 2019
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Pittsburgh, PA36,499 contributions
Thomas Guthrie Statue
Sep 2018 • Couples
The Thomas Guthrie Statue is just another statue in Edinburgh, This one has a great background of the castle.
Written October 9, 2018
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thetravellingmanUk
uk9,668 contributions
Philanthropist, Preacher & Reformer
Aug 2017 • Solo
Had a day trip to Edinburgh last Sunday, and this was one of the first statues that I came across after making my way to the Princes Street Gardens area of the town.
Thomas Guthrie is depicted here standing on a Peterhead granite pedestal with his bible looking down on a figure of a 'ragged boy'.
Born in Brechin, Angus, and educated at Edinburgh University.
The D.D. inscription on the statue standing for Doctor of Divinity.
Thomas Guthrie was the most popular preacher in Scotland in his day.
Amongst his writings are "Plea for Ragged Schools" and "The City, its Sins and Sorrows".
Written August 29, 2017
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coachee1313
Montvale, NJ1,056 contributions
A Really Nice Statue
Aug 2017 • Family
Another fine statue in a statue loaded town. Well worth a few minutes of your time to understand who he was and take a quick photo. Nice backdrop of the Castle.
Written August 25, 2017
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