In pictures: The construction of Edinburgh’s Scott Monument

The Scott Monument edges toward completion in earl 1844. Picture: University of Glasgow, Special Collections
The Scott Monument edges toward completion in earl 1844. Picture: University of Glasgow, Special Collections
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Towering over Princes Street Gardens, the Scott Monument is one of the most recognisable landmarks found within Scotland’s capital.

Its 60 metre spire has stood in Edinburgh’s centre for over 170 years. Taken around 1844, these captivating pictures from two 19th century photographers detail the final stages of construction on the structure and provide a rare snapshot into our early Victorian past. To learn more about the duo behind these stunning pictures click here.