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Adam Smith - Philosopher and Economist

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Adam Smith (1723-1790), author of The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations is buried in the churchyard of Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh. His tomb is against the back wall of  the Canongate Tolbooth.


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The new Caithness slab in front of the memorial carries the beginning of this quote from The Wealth of Nations: "The property which every man has in his own labour; as it is the original foundation of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable ... To hinder him from employing this strength and dexterity in what manner he thinks proper without injury to his neighbour is a plain violation of this most sacred property."


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The Canongate Tolbooth of 1591 against the back of which stands Adam Smith's tomb. He lived nearby in Panmure House from 1778 until his death in 1790. The house is in Panmure Close slightly further down the Canongate from the Tolbooth. The house is late 17th century, L-plan with crowstepped gables.

         
More about Adam Smith:
Wikipedia on Adam Smith
The Works of Adam Smith
by The Adam Smith Institute
Adam Smith: The Father of Modern Economics
which includes many further links

An extremely good and well-reviewed recent book on the life and works of Adam Smith:
Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life - by Nicholas Phillipson

Canongate Kirk

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