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Scottish National War Memorial

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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The rear and West end of the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland.

The Scottish National War Memorial is regarded as one of Scotland’s most important buildings and commemorates nearly 150,000 Scottish casualties in the First World War, 1914 – 1918, over 50,000 in the Second World War, 1939 – 1945 and the campaigns since 1945, including the Malayan Emergency, the Korean War, Northern Ireland, the Falklands War and the Gulf War.

The Memorial is to be found in Crown Square at the very top of the rock on which Edinburgh Castle stands. Built between 1924-7, the architect Sir Robert Lorimer and two hundred Scottish artists and craftsmen created a serene Hall Of Honour and Shrine where the names of the dead are contained in books that are on permanent display.

Lorimer’s building is a reconstruction of the 18th century North Barracks, built in 1755 on the site of the medieval St Mary’s Church (converted to a munitions house in 1540 and demolished in 1755 to make way for the barracks). The building was improved in 1863 by Robert Billings to give it a more picturesque appearance. The army vacated the building in 1923 and Lorimer adapted it as the National Shrine. The Scottish National War Memorial was opened by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) on 14th July 1927.

The Scottish National War Memorial is a Category A Listed Building (HB Number 48229).

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh.

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