Adam Smith Memorial

Published: 11 December 2023

The University of Glasgow has unveiled Glasgow's first memorial to Adam Smith, located at the original site of its Old College.

Visitors to Glasgow can now view the city’s first memorial to Adam Smith, thanks to the University of Glasgow.

The University commissioned the engraving of five paving stones on High Street, where it was based from 1451 to 1870, as part of its efforts to commemorate the 300th anniversary of its famous former student. 

Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Jacqueline McLaren, unveiled the engraved stones at a ceremony on Monday, 4 December. She was joined by the University of Glasgow’s Rector, the Honourable Lady Rae; Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli; and the students who have helped to make Adam Smith’s tercentenary year a global success.

The ceremony was followed by a civic reception at the City Chambers, hosted by the Lord Provost.

The five paving stones feature quotes from Smith’s seminal works, The Wealth of Nations and The Theory of Moral Sentiments, key dates, and the University of Glasgow’s specially commissioned tercentenary logo. They were engraved by local stonemason business, Forever Memorials.

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First published: 11 December 2023