Robert Fergusson by 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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Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix 3.2.7.

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 4 years ago

    beautiful capture Tom!!

  • Thank you dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkover 4 years ago

    hey well captured Tom and now I know who this guy is, hard to read the plaque when you are driving ……………. lol

  • Cheers mate, he is a pretty quiet fellow, you never hear a peep out of him …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 4 years ago

    Nicely composed Tom, what a great looking statue!! Great write up btw, interesting stuff!!

  • Cheers Shaun, Edinburgh is full of little gems like this …

    – Tom Gomez

  • gibbandy
    gibbandyover 4 years ago

    wouldnt fancy coming down the street drunk and seein that comin towards me…great shot mate

  • Hehe, I’ll bet he’s scared the bejus oot o’ mony a drunk …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    Ah the old Bubble meet Ploy Tom. I remember you taking this fabulous shot!!

  • To be honest, I had forgotten I had this one, just found it again today …

    – Tom Gomez

  • elab
    elabover 4 years ago

    Great capture

  • Thank you so much …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosover 4 years ago

    Very beautiful shot, Tom!
    Also a very interesting note.

  • Thank you kindly Adri …

    – Tom Gomez

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKover 4 years ago


    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 4 years ago

    Great capture Tom

  • Thank you so much Jacqui …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago

    great catch

  • Thank you kindly my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

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