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Edinburgh, Calton Hill, Cannon


Site Name Edinburgh, Calton Hill, Cannon

Classification Cannon

Alternative Name(s) Nelson Monument

Canmore ID 306327

Site Number NT27SE 6086

NGR NT 26224 74129

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 (25 June 2002)

Cannon on carriage (not original). Two symbolic dolphins centre top of barrel, one at end, cast metal. Coat of arms in cast relief on top of barrel: shield surrmounted by crown with cross at top. Within shield top left: castle, bottom right: lion, other symbols worn and unclear. Inscription along side of coat of arms, incised later, possibly Burmese?

Inspected By : A. Taubman

Inscriptions : On top lower section of cannon within two cast metal frames:

1. DOR[??] [????] / R[?]YDES [??]NA


3. *16*24* (below frames cast into metal)

4. ZS - 0 - 0

S (cast into metal)

Signatures : On west side of gun carriage, cast into metal (indented):

6 [an arrow pointing up] P

Design period : Early 17th century

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0524)


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