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Description: Edinburgh Castle, Esplanade
Date Listed: 14 December 1970
Historic Scotland Building ID: 28011
OS Grid Coordinates: 325318, 673502
Latitude/Longitude: 55.9487, -3.1974
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).
This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.References:
Grant OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH (1885) vol I p79, ill p85. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p90.
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.
Source: Historic Scotland
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