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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. III


I 28 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Prinm Street. fiery oratory; and to succeeding times it will preserve a vivid ?representation of one who, apart from all his other claims to such commemoration, was universally recognised as one of the most striking, poetic, and noble-looking men of his time.? About the same period there was inaugurated at erected by the late Lord Murray, a descendant and representative of Ramsay?s. It rises from a pedestal, containing on its principal side a medallion portrait of Lord Murray, and on the reverse side one of General Ramsay (Allan?s grandson), on the west one of Mrs. Ramsay, and on the east similar representations of the general?s two daughters, DEAN RAMSAY. (From a Photpajh by/& Mofld.) the eastern corner of the West Gardens a white marble statue of Allan Ramsay. A memorial of the poet was suggested in the Sots Magazine as far back as 1810, and an obelisk to his memory, known as the Ramsay monument, was erected near Pennicuick, nearly a century before that time. The marble statue is from the studio of Sir John Steel, and rather grotesquely represents the poet with the silk nightcap worn by gentlemen of his time as a temporary substitute for the wig, and was Lady Campbell and Mrs. Malcolm. ?Thus we find,? says Chambers, ?? owing to the esteem which genius ever commands, the poet of the Genfle Shepherd in the immortality of marble, surrounded by the figures of relatives and descendants who so acknowledged their aristocratic rank to be inferior to his, derived from mind alone.? Next in order was erected, in ~ 8 7 7 , the statue to the late Adam Black, the eminent publisher, who represented the city in Parliament, held many
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