United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
  The Imperial War Museum

SCOTTISH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL

Our Ref: 2002

Address

EDINBURGH CASTLE
EDINBURGH
LOTHIAN
Scotland
EH1 2YT
 
Type: Other Structure
Other Location Details:

WITHIN THE CASTLE, NORTH SIDE OF CROWN SQUARE

OS Map Ref: NT 250 720

Inscription

Entrance: TO THE GLORY OF GOD & IN/ MEMORY OF SCOTS WHO FELL/ 1914/ 1918

Shrine, frieze, upper: THE SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS ARE IN THE HAND OF GOD THERE SHALL NO EVIL HAPPEN TO THEM. THEY ARE IN PEACE

Shrine, frieze, lower: OTHERS ALSO THERE ARE WHO PERISHED UNKNOWN; THEIR SACRIFICE IS NOT FORGOTTEN, AND THEIR NAMES, THOUGH LOST TO US, ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOKS OF GOD

East and West bays: Remember also the humble beasts that served and died.

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
SHRINE Stone       Good
HALL Stone       Good
Book PAPER       Good

Physical Description

LARGE STONE BUILDING FEATURING A LONG HALL OF HONOUR AND A SHRINE. ALSO INCLUDES A BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE FOR THE SCOTTISH WHO FELL IN THE TWO WORLD WARS.

MOUNTED ON THE HALL OF HONOUR WALLS ARE MEMORIALS TO THE CAMERON HIGHLANDERS, ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS, FLYING SERVICES, HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY, SCOTTISH RIFLES, ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS, SCOTS GUARDS, ROYAL SCOTS, KINGS OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS, BLACK WATCH, SEAFORTHS, ROYAL NAVY, GORDONS, SCOTS GREYS, ROYAL MARINES, BRITISH DOMINIONS AND COLONIES, MERCANTILE MARINE AND ALL SCOTS WOMEN, INDIAN ARMY, NURSING SERVICES, PADRES, 1939-45 AND POST-45 CASUALTIES, TREE OF EMPIRE, ROYAL ARTILLERY, HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY, RAMC, RASC, ROYAL ENGINEERS AND THE SCOTTISH YEOMANRY, LONDON LIVERPOOL AND SOUTH AFRICAN SCOTTISH AND THE TYNESIDE SCOTTISH PLAQUES, AND THE ENGLISH IRISH AND WELSH.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

War First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 147690
Served & Returned 0
Died 147,690
Is this an exact count? No, an estimate
How are the names ordered? Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, rank, year died, regiment, place of death, forename, decorations
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? No
War Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 57938
Served & Returned 0
Died 57,938
Is this an exact count? No, an estimate
How are the names ordered? Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, rank, year died, regiment, place of death, forename, decorations
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? No
War 20th Century Wars
Total names on memorial: 656
Served & Returned 0
Died 656
Is this an exact count? Not known
How are the names ordered? Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, rank, year died, regiment, place of death, forename, decorations
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? No
War Animal Memorials
Total names on memorial: 0
Served & Returned 0
Died 0
Is this an exact count? Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered? Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read? No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

TRUSTEES & SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SCOTLAND

Maintenance History:

Ceremonies

Date: 14 July 1927
RolePerformed By
Dedicated THE MODERATOR OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Unveiled UNKNOWN

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Public
Did this include a trust or scholarship? No
Did this include a roll of honour? NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site: £150,000
Cost of Memorial: Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
SIR ROBERT LORIMER Architect
Phyllis Bone Sculptor
MR ALEXANDER CARRICK Sculptor
MR CHARLES D'ORVILLE PILKINGTON JACKSON Sculptor
Hazel Kennedy Sculptor
PERCY HERBERT PORTSMOUTH Sculptor
George Salvesen Sculptor
DR DOUGLAS STRACHAN Glazier
John R Sutherland Artist
MRS GERTRUDE ALICE MEREDITH WILLIAMS Sculptor
MR THOMAS HADDEN Founder/Foundry
MESSRS W & A CLOW Wood carver
Nathaniel Grieve Wood carver
MR NEIL MCLEOD Builder

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

OTHER REFERENCES TO THE MEMORIAL IN VARIOUS PUBLISHED SOURCES ARE RECORDED IN THE FILE.

GUIDE BOOKS FROM 1928 AND 1997 ARE HELD IN THE FILE ALONG WITH SEVERAL UNDATED POSTCARDS AND A SMALL SOUVENIR BOOKLET OF PHOTOGRAPHS.

Comments:  
Photographs: 12
Other Documents: The National archives of Scotland GD1/887. Circular on Scottish National War Memorial.
Form / Letter: F
Negatives: No
Drawings / Plans: No
Minutes: No
Publications: 6
Press Cuttings: 4
Postcards: 5
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS BOORMAN, DEREK 1988 PP161-164  
The Times     1 Feb. 1918 p.10;18 Jan. 1919 p.5; Use of Edinburgh Castle for Scottish National War Memorial
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