The home of the father of modern economics will reopen to visitors in the autumn. Heriot-Watt University is spending £4 million restoring Panmure House in Edinburgh’s Old Town, where Adam Smith spent his final years.
The 17th-century mansion has lain empty for several years, but soon visitors will be greeted by an original copy of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
Smith’s 1776 work influenced Karl Marx and was reputed to have a permanent place in Margaret Thatcher’s handbag.
It’s a hell of a weight for a book.
Also, as I understand it, it was a volume of Hayek she slammed down and said “That’s what we believe.”