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Edinburgh, West Princes Street Gardens, Dean Ramsay Memorial

Commemorative Monument (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, West Princes Street Gardens, Dean Ramsay Memorial

Classification Commemorative Monument (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 117448

Site Number NT27SW 617

NGR NT 2480 7368

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/site/117448

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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

Summary Record (16 February 2012)

Celtic cross memorial to Dean Ramsay, designed by architect, Rowand Anderson and made by Farmer and Brindley of London.

Dean Ramsay was a popular figure within the Scottish Episcopal Church and minister of St John's Church at the west end of Princes Street, as well as one of the founders of Glenalmond College.

RCAHMS (CAJS) 2012.

Architecture Notes

Architect: Sir Robert Rowand Anderson 1879

From NMRS Architectural Catalogue Slip;

NMRS PRINT ROOM

EDINBURGH, various photographs by A Burns (missing at time of upgrade - 13.1.1998)

Note Cont: from Gilbert Ferrier of George St Edinburgh

Activities

Project (1997)

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (http://www.pmsa.org.uk/) set up a National Recording Project in 1997 with the aim of making a survey of public monuments and sculpture in Britain ranging from medieval monuments to the most contemporary works. Information from the Edinburgh project was added to the RCAHMS database in October 2010 and again in 2012.

The PMSA (Public Monuments and Sculpture Association) Edinburgh Sculpture Project has been supported by Eastern Photocolour, Edinburgh College of Art, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Historic Scotland, the Hope Scott Trust, The Old Edinburgh Club, the Pilgrim Trust, the RCAHMS, and the Scottish Archive Network.

Field Visit (4 October 2000)

Granite Celtic cross on three low steps. The cross is decorated with bronze relief panels (designed by Rowand Anderson), representing various stages of Christ's Passion, the Resurrection and the Ascension (eight in total), plus six acts of charity (three on each side of the shaft of the cross). There are also decorative panels on all sides of the cross, the designs taken from Jedburgh Abbey.

Inscriptions : On the foot of the cross (north face):

IN MEMORY OF / + DEAN RAMSAY+ / BORN 31ST JAN: 1793 DIED 27TH DEC: 1872 / ERECTED BY HIS FELLOW COUNTRYMEN

Signatures : None Visible

Design period : 1878 - 1879

Year of unveiling : 1879

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0184)

Photographic Survey (2 October 2008)

Photographed by the Threatened Buildings Survey as part of the wider recording of monuments and memorials in Princes Street Gardens.

RCAHMS (CAJS) 2012.

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