Robert Fergusson

Tom Gomez

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This life size bronze statue of the notable Scottish poet, Robert Fergusson (1750-1774) stands outside the gates of the Canongate Kirk near the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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 statue was sculpted by David Annand and was unveiled on 17th October 2004.

The Canongate Kirk and the Kirkyard are an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 26823).

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200

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