The Ramsay Monument Project (2019-2020)


The Ramsay Monument is set on top of the Cauldshoulders Ridge, marking the end of the vista from Penicuik House as you look down the south-east avenue. An ashlar stone obelisk, pierced by three oval apertures on an arched base, it was built in 1759 by Sir James Clerk, 3rd Baronet, in commemoration of the poet Allan Ramsay, a frequent visitor to Penicuik House.

Our Aim: Preserving a monument to poetry

Restoring the monument will not only preserve this impressive feature but will also provide impetus for a programme involving visitors and school groups in the poetry of Allan Ramsay and the Scottish Enlightenment, revealing the inspiration behind pastoral verse. This project will provide an opportunity to contribute to the delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence.

Allan Ramsay (1686-1758) was perhaps the most important literary figure of this era, often described as leading a ‘vernacular revival’ through his writing. He laid the foundations of a reawakening interest in older Scottish literature, publishing The Ever Green in 1724 – a collection including major poetic works from the Stewart period. He led the trend for pastoral poetry, developing the ‘Habbie Stanza’, which was subsequently adopted by Robert Burns.

Restoration cost

Building works & fees / £77,550
VAT (20%) / £15,510
Total to be raised / £93,060

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