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Edinburgh, Coates, Palmerston Place, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

Cathedral (Period Unassigned), War Memorial (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Coates, Palmerston Place, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

Classification Cathedral (Period Unassigned), War Memorial (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Manor Place; War Memorial

Canmore ID 88783

Site Number NT27SW 240

NGR NT 24120 73484

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

Architecture Notes

NT27SW 240 24120 73484

See also:

NT27SW 29 NT 24113 73539 Easter Coates House (St Mary's Music School)

NT27SW 2084.00 NT 24096 73579 Walpole Hall

NT27SW 2084.01 NT 24095 73562 Song School

Architect: Sir G Gilbert Scott 1874 - won in competition

John Olrid Scott - completed original design 1890

Sir Robert Lorimer 1911-12 - Bishop Dowden Memorial

John Lessels - design submitted in competition 1873

William Burgess - design submitted in competition 1873

G E Street - design submitted in competition 1873

Peddie & Kinnear - design submitted in competition 1873

Dr Alexander Ross - design submitted in competition 1873

Charles Marriot Scott - design for screen & canopies to back of choir stalls 1916

NMRS Print Room

Palmerston Place, St Mary's Cathedral

Seen through the trees

W Schomberg Scott Photograph Collection

Accession no 1997/39



The Dowden Memorial

Envelope containing a collection of sketches and notes re. the memorial to Bishop Dowden executed 1910/11

The exterior of the envelope bears the Insc: "The Court of Lord Lyon of Edinburgh" and is stamped all over with the frank: "Graham Johnston heraldic artist to Lyon Court, Register House Edinburgh"; the envelope also bears a heraldic design sketched in blue crayon.

The envelope contains: - Alternative designs for the memorial including reworkings of the detailing: heraldic devices, angels, the symbols of the evangelists, the bishops staff and mitre.

- the proposed inscription.

- letter/memo to Sir Robert Lorimer from the Very Rev. J.S. Wilson dated 21/12/10 proposing the inscription, and suggestion that Lorimer borrow the bishops staff after the weekend (in order to have it drawn, evidently)


Insc: "....(lost) Cathedral, Edinburgh. Scheme A....Wall Arcading in transept." Elevation. Detail of arcading. Fragment. (east wall of transept?) Presentation drawing

Pencil and watercolour on tracing, mounted on card

Size 11 3/4"x12 1/2"


Insc: "St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. Proposed Wall Arcading in transepts - Elevation of West wall of transepts"

With figure to show scole of arcading

Presentation drawing

Pencil and watercolour on tracing, mounted on card

Size 11 3/4"x16"

Inglis Photograph Collection Acc No.1994/90

1 exterior view: South and West fronts; 1 interior view: Nave looking East.

1 view of Lady Chapel and 1 view of altar and reredos, probably before 1914.

(Undated) information in NMRS.


Watching Brief (20 October 2011 - 24 October 2011)

AOC Archaeology Group under took a watching brief on the excavation of test pits during site investigations at St. Mary's Medical Centre, St. Mary's Cathedral grounds, Edinburgh In total 11 test pits were dug by hand and showed the top soil of 0.3 - 0.3 m in depth overlay up to 1.0 m of made ground. Neither significant archaeological features nor artefacts were encountered.

AOC Archaeology 2011 (E. Hindmarch) OASIS ID: aocarcha1-112725

Project (February 2014 - July 2014)

A data upgrade project to record war memorials.


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