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Edinburgh, Leith, Byer's Mount

Battery (16th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Leith, Byer's Mount

Classification Battery (16th Century)

Canmore ID 85535

Site Number NT27NE 143

NGR NT 260 764

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

NT27NE 143 260 764

The site of an earthwork holding a field gun commanding the coast road from Leith's St Nicholas Port to Newhaven, sited from the Pelham map of the seige of Leith, 1560. A further work, to the N, the 'new mount' may have been constructed to support an assault on the Citadel bastion after the mine had been blown, but is shown without guns and may still have been under construction at the time of the cease-fire.

S Harris 1992


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