Ebenezer Scroggie (1792-1836)

Death: 1836
Location: Canongate Kirkyard, Edinburgh, Scotland
Photo taken by: Kim Traynor

In his diaries, Charles Dickens states that his celebrated fictional character Ebenezer Scrooge stems from a grave marker which he saw in 1841, while taking an evening walk in the Canongate Kirkyard. The headstone was for Ebenezer Scroggie.  The marker identified Scroggie as a "meal man" (corn merchant), but Dickens misread this as "mean man", due to the fading light and his mild dyslexia.  The grave marker was lost during construction work at part of the Kirkyard in 1932.