Fergusson died in the Edinburgh Lunatic Asylum (now the Royal Edinburgh Hospital) where he had been committed against his will after suffering head injuries following a fall down a flight of stairs. After a matter of weeks, he suddenly died (a fairly common occurence in these places). He had only just turned 24. He was buried in an unmarked grave on the west side of the Canongate Churchyard.
A memorial headstone, designed by the local architect Robert Burn, for Fergusson’s grave was privately commissioned in 1787 by Robert Burns and paid for at his own expense. It was further inscribed by Robert Louis Stevenson in the later nineteenth century and survives in the existing monument today.
The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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