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Edinburgh Castle, Gate House

Gateway (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh Castle, Gate House

Classification Gateway (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Outer Barrier

Canmore ID 52083

Site Number NT27SE 1.22

NGR NT 25239 73488

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

Archaeology Notes

NT27SE 1.22 25239 73488.

Outer Barrier (NR) (Site of).

OS 1/1500 plan, (1895).

Centred at 23 48 (Not published on 1/1250 (1947))

OS 1/1250 plan.

(NT 2524 7348) No remarks. No information contained in RCAHMS 1951.

Visited by OS(JLD) 29 December 1953.

Present archway and adjoining guardroom are of modern construction.

Visited by OS(VEL) 6 February 1954.

Architecture Notes

INFORMATION FROM A CATALOGUE SLIP

Wallace Statue: ARCHITECT: Alexander Carrick

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 (25 September 2002)

Standing figure of William Wallace in a canopied niche. Wallace wears chain mail armour and a tabard and cloak. He holds a large shield, decorated with a Saltire, in front of him, and a sword.

Inspected By : T.S.

Inscriptions : On bronze plaque within archway:

MEMORIAL TO WALLACE / ERECTED BY / THE CORPORATION OF EDINBURGH / UNDER CAPTAIN HUGH REID'S BEQUEST / UNVEILED 28TH MAY 1929 / THE Rt. Hon. SIR ALEXANDER STEVENSON / LORD PROVOST

Signatures : On base below statue :

A. Carrick RSA / Sc. 1928

McDonald & [Cresswick?] Founders Ltd

Unveiling details : 28 May 1929

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0487)

Field Visit (25 September 2002)

Standing figure of Robert the Bruce wearing chain mail armour, a tabard and cloak. He has a sword in a belt at his left hip and holds a shield, decorated with a lion rampant beside his right leg. On his head is a crown.

Inspected By : T.S.

Inscriptions : On bronze plaque within archway:

MEMORIAL TO BRUCE / ERECTED BY / THE CORPORATION OF EDINBURGH / UNDER CAPTAIN HUGH REID'S BEQUEST / UNVEILED 28TH MAY 1929 / THE Rt. Hon. SIR ALEXANDER STEVENSON / LORD PROVOST

Signatures : On base below statue:

THOS. J. CLAPPERTON / 1929

A.[ ? ] / FOUNDERS / LONDON

Unveiling details : 28 May 1929

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0488)

Field Visit (25 September 2002)

Each panel depicts artillery in high relief. The panel on the north wall shows a collection of cannons, cannon balls, barrels of gun powder and two soldiers preparing a cannon. The panel on the south wall shows three cannons, cannon balls, barrels and other military weapons.

Inspected By : T.S.

Inscriptions : None

Signatures : None

Design period : 17th Century

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0489)

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