The Burns Monument celebrates the contributions made by Robert Burns. Despite being only 37 when he died in 1796, he is considered to be Scotland’s national poet and an inspirational leader of Romanticism in the country. Think of him the next time you sing his poem “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve. The architect for the project was Thomas Hamilton, the same man who designed the Old Royal High School across Regent Road. His inspiration for this Greek Revival design was the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates constructed in Athens in 334 BC.