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Edinburgh, 10 Mill Lane, Leith Hospital

Hospital (Period Unassigned), War Memorial (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, 10 Mill Lane, Leith Hospital

Classification Hospital (Period Unassigned), War Memorial (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) 8 Mill Lane; King Street; Taylor Gardens; War Memorial

Canmore ID 151311

Site Number NT27NE 549

NGR NT 26719 76324

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/site/151311

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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

NT27NE 549 26719 76324

ARCHITECT: Peter Hamilton 1850 (Mill Lane block)

James Simpson 1873-5, additions 1888-9 (corner block with King Street)

WN Thomson 1897 (King Street Jubilee wing; King Street Nurses' Home, 1900, extended James Johnston, 1939-41)

George Simpson 1923-7 (Taylor Gardens War memorial block)

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 (24 April 2002)

Three panels:

(1) Head, shoulders and left arm of a female figure wearing a cloak, facing her left, representing Prudence.

(2) A dove carrying an olive branch, flying in front of a sun on the horizon.

(3) Head and shoulders of a cloaked male figure, looking to his right and holding a sword, representing Fortitude.

Inspected By : I.S Grant

Inscriptions : On panel containing Prudence (raised letters): PRUD / ENCE

On panel containing Fortitude (raised letters): FORTI / TUDE

Signatures : None

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0832)

Field Visit (27 April 2002)

Portrait head of Queen Victoria, facing her right, wearing a crown and surrounded by a garland of foliage.

Inspected By : I.C. Grant

Inscriptions : On right side of portrait (raised letters): VICTORIA / REGINA // 1837-97

Signatures : None

Design period : 1898-1903

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0833)

Field Visit (24 April 2002)

Coat of arms composed of a shield decorated with a lion rampant, surmounted by a helmet, and supported by two rampant unicorns holding flagstaffs.

Inspected By : I.C. Grant

Inscriptions : Above coat of arms (raised numbers): 1900

Signatures : None

Design period : 1898-1903

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0834)

Field Visit (24 April 2002)

Leith Hospital War Memorial is on the façade facing Taylor Gardens. It consists of the above three inscription panels, and four high relief carvings at balustrade level. The carvings are of (from left to right): (1) a group of a rifle, a soldier's helmet, a shovel and foliage [laurel ?]; (2) an anchor within a wreath on a cartouche; (3) a snake entwined around a staff within a wreath, on a cartouche; (4) pipes and drum and thistles.

In the centre of the balustrade is a shield carved with a regimental badge [?] surmounted by a crown, and flanked by flags and foliage. The badge consists of a diamond with a thistle in the centre, a St Andrew's cross at the top and encircled with the motto Nemo me impune lacessit.

In each of the gables to either side of the war memorial is a shield. The shield on the left is carved with a lion rampant, the shield on the right with the Leith coat of arms.

Inspected By : I.C. Grant

Inscriptions : On panels between ground and first floor windows, from left to right:

(1) IN AS MUCH AS YE HAVE / DONE IT UNTO ONE OF / THE LEAST OF THESE / YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME

(2) LEITH WAR MEMORIAL / DEDICATED / IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF LEITH / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 1918

(3) OPENED BY THE RIGHT HON / SIR JOHN GILMOUR BART. DSO LLD MP / SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SCOTLAND / 29TH JANUARY 1927 / JOHN A. LINDSAY DL JP EX. PROVOST OF LEITH / CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEE

Around regimental badge: NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT

Signatures : None Visible

Design period : 1923-1927

Year of unveiling : 1927

Unveiling details : 29 January 1927

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN1065)

Project (February 2014 - July 2014)

A data upgrade project to record war memorials.

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