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Edinburgh Castle, Esplanade, The Gordon Highlanders South African War Memorial

Commemorative Monument (20th Century), War Memorial (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh Castle, Esplanade, The Gordon Highlanders South African War Memorial

Classification Commemorative Monument (20th Century), War Memorial (20th Century)

Canmore ID 310914

Site Number NT27SE 1.62

NGR NT 25274 73462

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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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 September 2002)

Rectangular bronze panel attached to wall listing the fallen soldiers of the South African War. Above, in an open pediment is a stag's head surrounded by ivy. In each corner of the main inscription panel is a thistle.

Inspected By : T.S.

Inscriptions : On banner below crown (raised letters): BY DAND

Below banner, on cartouche (entwined raised numbers): 1899

On banner at bottom of memorial (raised letters): NATAL / TRANSVAAL / CAPE COLONY / ORANGE FREE STATE

On cartouche, centre of bottom of memorial (entwined raised numbers): 1902

On panel inset into wall below memorial (raised letters): ERECTED BY THEIR COMRADES

At the top of the main panel (in raised letters): OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE GORDON HIGHLANDERS / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES / IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR 1899 TO 1902

Signatures : Bottom right (W.) corner (incised letters):


Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0485)

Project (February 2014 - July 2014)

A data upgrade project to record war memorials.


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