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Edinburgh, Lauriston Place, George Heriot's School, War Memorial

War Memorial (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Lauriston Place, George Heriot's School, War Memorial

Classification War Memorial (20th Century)

Canmore ID 122498

Site Number NT27SE 13.01

NGR NT 25584 73184

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


Project (1997)

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association ( 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 (28 September 2002)

Octagonal structure with a pelican and young feeding from her breast, on top of a tall octagonal shaft. Heriot coat of arms with motto, and inscription below (on front); and six large and one small bronze panels of names relating to former pupils and staff who died in World War I. The back has a bronze sword with encircling wreath pointing down to the small panel (on which are nine names). At the rear of the balustraded paved area is a long wall with five bronze panels of names relating to 1939-45. Further insignia on the four sides of the square top of the shaft, for example an anchor and crown at the front.

The pelican feeding its young was modelled by Phyllis Bone; the carving of it, and the rest of the carving was executed by Alexander Carrick. The architect of the memorial was James B. Dunn.

The pelican is the symbol of sacrifice.

Inspected By : D King

Inscriptions : At the top of the coat of arms (raised letters): IMPENDO

At the bottom of coat of arms (raised letters): I.DISTRIBUTE.CHEARFULLIE

Below coat of arms (raised letters): TO . THE . GLORIOUS . MEMORY / OF . THE . FORMER . PUPILS . AND / STAFF . OF . THE . SCHOOL . WHO / FELL . IN . THE . GREAT . WAR . / THE . NAMES . OF . THOSE . WHO / RETURNED . NOT . AGAIN . ARE / HERE . INSCRIBED . TO . THEIR . / HONOUR . FOR . EVERMORE . / 1914 - 1919

[Lists of names]

Signatures : None Visible

Design period : 1924

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0841)

Project (February 2014 - July 2014)

A data upgrade project to record war memorials.


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