The Simson Memorial

Simson Memorial

The C-listed memorial to mathematician Robert Simson (1687-1768) is located in the town’s cemetery and was constructed in 1877, over a hundred years after his death.  John Fullerton of Overton, who was responsible for its erection described, Simson as the ‘restorer of Grecian geometry’ or Euclidean geometry as it would more likely be referred to as nowadays.

Perhaps Simson is not as well know as other Scottish Enlightenment figures such as Adam Smith or David Hume, but his contribution has probably had just as profound effect on the modern world.

The hill in the background is West Kilbride Law (Scots for rounded hill) and no doubt the former Chair of Mathematics at Glasgow University spent happy many hours there perusing his theories.

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