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NT 26252 70824
326252, 670824


A G Sydney Mitchell, 1888. Red polished ashlar triumphal arch commemorating George Harrison. Central keystoned and voussoired arch spanning road; smaller pedestrian arches to outer left and right; base course; dividing cornice over pedestrian arches; channelled stonework above; blinded balustrades to left and right of pediments.

NE ELEVATION: corniced pedestals to 4 engaged Ionic columns flanking arches; commemorative inscriptions inset above pedestrian arches; full entablature with Latin inscription in frieze (see notes); broken pediment over central archway with inset bronze roundel of Harrison.

SW ELEVATION: central pedimented archway slightly advanced; simplified entablature.

Statement of Special Interest

Inscriptions read: 'This arch is erected 18th Sept 1888 to commemorate the work & character of George Harrison Kt, MP, Lld, whose life was devoted to the public good. Born 1812. Died 1885. Blackford Hill was acquired & opened to the public by the Corporation of the City of Edinburgh 1884. The Right Honourable Sir George Harrison Lld, Lord Provost; In communem municipi rem diligentia in singulos municipes benignitas in omnes homines iustitia et fides'.



NMRS Historical file 'Blackford Hill - The Harrison Memorial Arch'.

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