This monument, sited prominently in the middle of St Andrews’ cobbled Market Street, was formerly a fountain. Lady Catherine Melville ordered its erection in 1880, in memory of her son George Whyte Melville – a Victorian novelist and horseman – who was killed in a riding accident in 1878. Though born in St Andrews, he lived mainly in England and his former home in Northamptonshire is now a pub, the Whyte-Melville Inn!
Plans are currently being developed to restore the Fountain to full working order, supported by the St Andrews Common Good Fund.It is hoped that these works will be carried out in summer 2013.
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