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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast figure
District
City Of Edinburgh
Town
Edinburgh
County
Lothian
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 7 September 1927
    Attended by: Alanson Bigelow Horton, United States Ambassador
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2219

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Current location

in the west gardens
Princes Street Gardens
West Princes Street
Edinburgh
City Of Edinburgh
Lothian
EH2 3AA
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NT 25176 73704
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Seated kilted figure on a plinth with a rifle held across his knees, appears as though about to rise. Behind the figure is a 50 foot wall with a 25 foot sculpted bas relief frieze which depicts a pipe band leading a recruitment party, followed be miners, shepherds with sheep dog, fisherman with nets, clerks and children. The men march four deep at the front and the civilian party carry tools over their shoulders in the same pose as those with rifles.
Inscription
IF IT BE LIFE THAT WAITS I SHALL LIVE FOREVER UNCONQUERED. I SHALL DIE AT LAST, STRONG IN MY PRIDE AND FREE. Plinth: THE CALL/ 1914/ A Tribute from Men and Women of Scottish Blood and Sympathies/ in the United States of/ AMERICA/ TO/ SCOTLAND/ A People that Jeoparded their Lives unto their Death/ In the High Places of the Field JUDGES V 18
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Wall
    Measurements: width c 15000mm
    Materials: Stone
  • Relief
    Measurements: height 1220mm, width 7620mm
    Materials: Bronze
  • Figure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Condition
Costs

Memorial: £10,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Other
Responsibility
Edinburgh City Council
Reference
  • Dundee Courier - Thursday 08 September 1927 SCOTTISH AMERICAN MEMORIAL UNVEILED (photograph)
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • The Glorious Dead: Figurative Sculpture of British First World War Memorials by Geoff Archer p55
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