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Field Visit

Date 15 December 1998

Event ID 793779

Category Recording

Type Field Visit


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.

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