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EDINBURGH CASTLE, ESPLANADELB28011

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
14/12/1970
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 25318 73502
Coordinates
325318, 673502

Description

1753, 1816-20 (see Notes). Level open area, approach to Castle, with spear-headed cast-iron railings on low ashlar wall to N, coped wall with turrets and dummy sentry boxes to S (see Notes).

Statement of Special Interest

The A Group comprises the Esplanade itself and the group of monuments including the Statue of the Duke of York, the Scottish Horse Memorial, the 72nd Highlanders Memorial, the 78th Highlanders Memorial, the Monument to Colonel MacKenzie and the Statue of Earl Haig (all separately listed). A parade ground between the entrance to the Castle and the approach road from the Lawnmarket was built in 1753, using spoil taken from the foundations of the Royal Exchange in the High Street. It was widened and given the wall and railings to the N in 1816, low walls with alternate towers and turrets 'a few years later'. The turrets to S incorporate a decorative horse trough erected by the Princess Louise's Argyllshire Highlanders in 1874 and a decorative bronze plaque commemorating officers and men of the Gordon Highlanders who fell in the South African War of 1899 to 1902.

References

Bibliography

Grant OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH (1885) vol I p79, ill p85. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p90.

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