Dugald Stewart (1753-1828) held
the chair of moral philosophy at Edinburgh University for 25 years from
1785, making it a centre of intellectual and moral influence. He gained a
reputation for inspiring eloquence and beauty of style and attracted
students from England, Europe and America.
His monument on the Calton Hill is probably the best
and most photographed monument in Edinburgh with its background of the Old Town, Edinburgh Castle and
Princess Street. The monument is by William H. Playfair, 1831. A version
of the Choragic
Monument of Lysicrates.