Makars’ Court

Makars’ Court at The Writers’ Museum celebrates the lives and works of Scottish writers.  Each of the writers is commemorated by a quotation inscribed in stone and set in the paving leading from the Mound and the Lawnmarket to the door of The Writers’ Museum.

Want to commemorate a writer?

You can complete the Writers’ Museum application form and send it to:

The Writers’ Museum, Lady Stair’s House, Lady Stair’s Close, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PA.

If an application is successful, the Writer’s Museum will work out how much it will cost to make, and send this and design suggestions to the sponsor to consider. Then the work will go ahead and a date will be arranged on which the stone is unveiled with great hoopla with members of the City of Edinburgh Council and press.

Further questions can be addressed to the postal address above, or email [email protected]

Makars’ Court Stone Quotations

John Barbour – Fredome is a noble thing…

Robert Henryson – Blissed be sempill lyfe withoutin dreid…

William Dunbar  – The flesche is bruckle, the Fend is sle…

George Buchanan – Populo enim jus est ut imperium cui velit deferat.

Robert Fergusson – Auld Reikie, wale o ilka town…

Robert Burns – man to man the world o`er/ Shall brithers be for a that.

Sir Walter Scott – This is my own, my native land!

John Galt – birr and smeddum…

Robert Louis Stevenson – there are no stars so lovely…

Violet Jacob – There`s muckle lyin yont the Tay that`s mair to me…

Neil Munro – this New Road will some day be the Old Road, too…

John Buchan – We can only repay our debt to the past…

Helen Cruikshank – the spirit/ Endures forever.

James Bridie – Who knows the heart of a man…

Neil Gunn – Knowledge is high in the head…

Hugh MacDiarmid – Drums in the Walligate, pipes in the air…

Nan Shepherd – Its a grand thing to get leave to live.

Naomi Mitchison – Go back far enough and all humankind are cousins.

Fionn MacColla – my roots in the soil of Alba.

Robert Garioch – in simmer, whan aa sorts foregether…

Nigel Tranter – You intend to bide here?

Sorley MacLean – nan robh againn Alba shaor…

David Daiches – Bridge-building is my vocation.

Douglas Young – He was eident,/ he was blye,/ in Scotlands cause.

Sydney Goodsir Smith – Bards hae sung o lesser luves than I o thee…

Tom Scott – Weird hou men maun aye be makin war…

George Mackay Brown – In the fire of images/ Gladly I put my hand.

Dorothy Dunnett – Where are the links… joining us to the past?

Iain Crichton Smith – Let our three-voiced country sing in a new world.