Lothian MSP highlights achievements of Charles Piazzi Smyth in Parliament

Lothian MSP Gordon Lindhurst has highlighted the achievements of Edinburgh astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth in the Scottish Parliament.


The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP lodged a motion to note the exhibition taking place at the Nelson Monument, marking the 200th anniversary of Smyth’s birth.


Smyth played a huge role in Edinburgh’s history, helping to instigate the One O’Clock Gun at Edinburgh Castle and installing the Time Ball on top of the Nelson Monument, to help ships in the Firth of Forth.


He also held the Astronomer Royal for Scotland post for over 40 years.


Commenting Gordon Lindhurst MSP said: “Charles Piazzi Smyth is a huge figure in Edinburgh’s history and this exhibition will give the current generation a great opportunity to learn all about him.


“I wanted to highlight this in the Parliament and hope that fellow MSP’s can share in this celebration of an astronomer who is still relevant in the capital today.


“From the One O’clock gun to the Time Ball as well as his Astronomer Royal Post, Charles Piazzi Smyth is truly iconic.


“I would encourage everyone to go along and view the exhibition at the Nelson Monument.”