Hopetoun Monument

EH41 3SJ, United Kingdom

Hopetoun Monument

On Byres Hill you can climb within the 132 steps of a dark spiral staircase, to reach a platform which offers spectacular views across East Lothian, the Firth of Forth, Fife and towards the Pentland Hills to the west and Lammermuir Hills to the South. The monument is a category B, was erected in 1824 in memory of John Hope, 4th Earl of Hopetoun (1765–1823). Hope was a hero of the Peninsular Wars (1808 – 14) and, amongst various properties, he owned Luffness House. There is an inscription on the monument: This monument was erected to the memory of the Great and Good John Fourth Earl of Hopetoun by his affectionate and grateful tenantry in East Lothian. MDCCCXXIV

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