The History of Leith

February 18, 2012

The Canongate Burying ground

In the burying-ground of the Canongate Kirk and adjacent to the church, and which was surrounded by trees in 1765, lie the remains of Dugald Stewart, the great philosopher, of Adam Smith, who wrote the ” Wealth of Nations;” Dr. Adam Fergusson, the historian of the ‘Roman Republic; Dr. Burney, author of the ” History of Music ; ” Dr. Gregory ; David Allan ; Lord Cromarty; and many others who have left their ” footprints on the sands of time.”
There, too, is the grave of the ill-fated Fergusson the poet, above which is the tombstone placed at the order of Robert Burns by Gowans, a marble- cutter in the Abbey Hill, ” to remain for ever sacred to the memory of him whose name it bears,”
Born Sept. 5th, 1751. Died October i6th, 1774.
No sculptured marble here, nor pompous lay,
No storied urn nor animated bust ;
This simple stone directs pale Scotia’s way
To pour her sorrows o’er her poet’s dust.”
Here, on the i6th of June, 1821, Sir Walter Scott attended the funeral of John Ballantyne, and displayed considerable emotion. ” He cast his eyes along the overhanging line of the Calton Hill, with its gleaming walls and towers, and then turning to the grave again, ‘I feel,’ he whispered in Lockhart’s ear, ‘I feel as if there would be less sunshine for me from this day

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