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Abernethy Round Tower, engraved by William Dickes after Sir Noel Paton (1846)

Frontispiece to: Sir Walter Scott, The Fair Maid of Perth (Edinburgh: A. & C. Black, [185-?]).

The Round Tower of Abernethy (near Perth) was built in the ninth century and is one of only two such towers in Scotland. Over 70 feet tall, it was built by monks from the nearby monastery and has served as a place of refuge, a belfry, and a burial chamber. In 1072 Scottish king Malcolm Canmore was forced to kneel at the Tower and pay homage to William the Conqueror. This engraving was originally published in the Abbotsford Edition of the Waverley Novels (1846).