Hopetoun Monument

Hopetoun Monument
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Hopetoun Monument

Located on Byres Hill within the Garleton Hills, the Hopetoun Monument was built in memory of Sir John Hope, the 4th Earl of Hopetoun (1765 - 1823) in the year following his death. Hope was a hero of the Peninsular Wars (1808 - 14) and, amongst various properties, he owned Luffness House and its associated estates to the northwest. The inscription on the monument states:

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

Visitors can climb the 132 steps of a dark spiral staircase, within the monument, to reach a platform which offers spectacular views in all directions.

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