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Uncrowned King and Little People

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Melville Monument, Edinburgh, February 2016

St Andrew Square in Edinburgh was the start of the city’s “New Town”.  Not all that new though – this was built in 1772 and quickly became a fashionable and upmarket area to live.  Nowadays it is more of a commercial and retail area, with the square open to the public and featuring a cafe and a range of exhibitions, and a Harvey Nichols store right opposite.

In the centre of the square, stands the 140-foot high, 1500-ton heavy, Melville Monument, commemorating Henry Dundas (1742-1811), the first Viscount Melville, a Scottish advocate and Tory politician.  He held almost complete control of Scottish politics during an era when no monarch visited the country, which triggered a number of dominant nicknames for him, including “The Uncrowned King of Scotland”.

The rain-bedecked floor on a sunny winter day gave a brilliant reflective view of the substantial base of the monument.  And did you notice the little people that are lurking in there too?

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This fellow was part of an evening light exhibition, Keyframes, by Curated Place, where the figures were illuminated in sequences that created the appearance of movement and interaction.

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aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth



Part of Weekend Reflections and Photo a Week


9 replies »

  1. Great photos and information. I’ve been to Edinburgh twice and missed this square both times. I’ll have to look for it more closely next time I’m there. Thanks for joining the challenge!


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