A to Z Abroad: Edinburgh’s Folly


The soldiers fought,
and won the day
Columns were raised,
foundation laid
National pride,
butt of a joke
Money ran out,
honor delayed
Skeletal hill
homage to none

Photo by: c.b.w. 2005

Edinburgh’s Folly or The National Monument of Scotland was originally designed as a memorial to the Scottish soldiers and sailors that died fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. Situated on Calton Hill, the partially built memorial is a constant reminder of the government biting off more than it could chew. After only three years of construction, the monument was left unfinished due to lack of funds.

Several proposals for completion were considered throughout the 20th century, but none of them have gained enough steam to fix what has become a running joke.  To this day, the less than half-built monument stares down on Edinburgh with a sardonic grin.

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c.b.w. 2013