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Edinburgh, Morningside, 151 Morningside Road, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Andrew Duncan Clinic

Health Centre (Modern)

Site Name Edinburgh, Morningside, 151 Morningside Road, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Andrew Duncan Clinic

Classification Health Centre (Modern)

Canmore ID 302121

Site Number NT27SW 4665

NGR NT 24230 71130

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/site/302121

Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

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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 (21 November 2006)

Semi-abstract sculpture of an adult male and a child on horseback.

The title is a reference to the sculptors name.

Boris Godunov (c.1551-1605), was Czar of Russia between 1598 and 1605. A favorite of Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible), he helped organize Ivan's social and administrative system. After Ivan's death in 1584, he became virtual ruler of Russia, ostensibly as regent for Ivan's young son Feodor I, who was married to Boris's sister. He was popularly believed to have ordered the murder in 1591 of Feodor's younger brother and heir, Dmitri, in order to secure the succession for himself. Upon Feodor's death in 1598, an assembly of the ruling class chose him as Czar. Under his rule the Russian church was recognized (1589) as an independent patriarchate, equal to other Eastern churches; peace was obtained with Poland and Sweden, and colonization of the southern steppes and West Siberia was spurred. Most important, he continued Ivan's policy of strengthening the power of state officials and townspeople at the expense of the boyars. Yet famine (1602-4) and popular distrust undermined his support, and when a pretender to the throne appeared claiming to be Feodor's brother Dmitri, many rallied to his support and he easily invaded Russia in 1604. Boris died, and his son, Feodor II, was unable to defend the throne against the false Dmitri.

His life is the subject of a drama by Pushkin that was the basis for Moussorgsky's famous opera.

Inscriptions : On card attached to front of pedestal: ROYAL EDINBURGH HOSPITAL / MARIE GOODENOUGH / BORIS GODUNOV

Signatures : None

Year of unveiling : 1992

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0088)

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