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Edinburgh, Silverknowes, Decoy Anti-aircraft Battery

Decoy Site (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Silverknowes, Decoy Anti-aircraft Battery

Classification Decoy Site (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Forth Aa Defences; Silverknowes Golf Course

Canmore ID 120033

Site Number NT27NW 51

NGR NT 2060 7690

NGR Description Centred NT 2060 7690

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

Archaeology Notes

NT27NW 51 Centred 2060 7690

For Starfish decoy site see also NT17NE 212

The site of heavy anti-aircraft battery was situated in an area on the N side of Silverknowes Golf Course, some 200m W of the Present Commodore Hotel. It is not known what calibre of gun was mounted at this battery. The accommodation huts, mainly Nissen type were to the E of the gun-emplacements.

Information from RCAHMS (DE) August 1997

This gun site was a decoy anti-aircraft battery with dummy guns using wooden poles for the gun barrels set in turf walled emplacements.

Information from Mr Brown, Davidsons Mains, Edinburgh, March 1999

Visible on RAF WW II vertical air photographs (NLA 14, 619-621, 19 June 1941), on the N part of Silverknowes Golf Course.

Information from RCAHMS (DE), March 2005


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