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Edinburgh, The Mound, General

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Site Name Edinburgh, The Mound, General

Classification General View

Canmore ID 113647

Site Number NT27SE 923

NGR NT 2541 7368

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Architecture Notes


Accession G 72284 -3 photographs c1880


Improvement of the North East corner of the Earthen Mound. Receipt for subscription.

13 August 1838 GD152/53/2/Bundle 11/4

Model for improving the Mound 'and all from the North Bridge to the Castle Esplanade'. Letter from Robert F Gourlay to O Tyndall Bruce. Mr Gourlay has exhibited the model in East Princes Street Gardens.

18 September 1852 GD152/53/6/Bundle 31/3

Drawing the Nor'loch, West of the Mound. Receipt for payment of proportion of the Assessment.

1830 GD152/215/Bundle 24/8

Plan to round off the garden to expose the West side of the Institution and make a better approach to the Mound, Princes Street. John Cook has examined George Smith's (Architect 1793-1877) plans and approved of them. Subscriptions are sought from Princes Street residents who will benefit from the improvement. Letter: John Cook WS to O Tyndall Bruce.

13 March 1843 GD152/53/5/Bundle 1/1

For Archibald Elliot's designs for a National Monument on the Mound, see also:

NT27SE 523 Edinburgh, Calton Hill, National Monument.



View from Mound, Edinburgh.

Insc: 'View of the Old Town of Edinburgh, taken from my window in Princes Street'.

s: 'P. Di...'

d: 'July 1837'.

Pen and wash.

9 1/4" x 12 1/2 ".

The drawing shows the Mound soon after it was constructed with the collection of structures that occupied the site until 1850; these included a menagerie, rotunda and workshop.

Unable to locate at time of upgrade 15.2.2000.


RIAS Collection:

Engraved view showing Alexander Trotter's proposals for the Mound, Edinburgh.

Insc: 'View of Edinburgh. Shewing the communication between the Old and New Town. As proposed by Alexander Trotter Esq. of Dreghorn. 'Drawn and engraved by Thos H Shepherd. Published by Colnaghi Son & Co Pall Mall East' 'D.MacGibbon'.


n.d - c.1834

Engraving 16" x 21 1/4".

Unable to locate at time ofupgrade 15.2.2000.


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