While browsing this excellent site on Edinburgh’s architecture (it beats going out and freezing your arse off), I was surprised to read about the National Monument on Calton Hill – “Edinburgh’s Folly”. A half-complete replica of the Parthenon in Athens, I’d always believed that the reason for its semi-existence was a lack of funds that had halted building. However, the text beneath the photos affirms that the monument was deliberately designed so (a Scotsman story agrees) as a Romantic ruin. The funds story is nothing more than an urban legend (perhaps one of the very first?). Alas, Google is not my friend on this occasion and I cannot find out the curious truth – is this story true, or is it just handy revisionist history?