Edinburgh, Holyrood Park, Muschet's Cairn
Site Name Edinburgh, Holyrood Park, Muschet's Cairn
Classification Commemorative Cairn
Alternative Name(s) Meadowbank; Muschat's Cairn; Queen's Park
Canmore ID 157263
Site Number NT27SE 3953
NGR NT 2777 7409
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
- Council Edinburgh, City Of
- Parish Edinburgh (edinburgh, City Of)
- Former Region Lothian
- Former District City Of Edinburgh
- Former County Midlothian
NT27SE 3953 2777 7409
A small cairn is situated on the NW side of the road at the entrance from Meadowbank into Holyrood Park. It commemorates the site where Nicol Muschet murdered his wife in 1720; he was subsequently convicted and hanged in the Grassmarket. The cairn is made up of boulders cemented together, and measures 4.7m from NE to SW by 2.5m transversely and up to 1.2m in height. The present cairn was erected in 1823, replacing an original cairn that stood a short distance to the W; the latter was removed when a footpath was constructed (Grant 1882, 311). It is plotted at 1:5,550 on an archaeological map of Holyrood Park (RCAHMS 1999).
Visited by RCAHMS (ARG), 15 December 1998.
NMRS, MS/726/96 (71, no. 75); RCAHMS 1999.