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Latitude: 55.8195 / 55°49'10"N
Longitude: -3.0745 / 3°4'28"W
OS Eastings: 332772
OS Northings: 658992
OS Grid: NT327589
Mapcode National: GBR 61Z4.5Q
Mapcode Global: WH6T7.RZ4L
Entry Name: Arniston Policies, South (Cougar) Gate
Listing Date: 22 January 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 331242
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB812
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Midlothian South
Traditional County: Midlothian
Dated 1824. Pair of 18th century circular polished ashlar piers with alternate rusticated band courses; polished frieze with carved swags; bracketed cornice; surmounted by crouching lions. 2 leaf decorative ironwork gates reading "1W8" and "2D4" (William Dundas 1824). Tooled screen walls with droved margins; moulded ashlar coping.
The Cougar Gates, like the rustic bridges in the sunken garden (see separate listing), did not originate at Arniston. Lord Chief Baron Robert Dundas (1758-1819) wrote: "The pillars of that gate...with the two lions on the top of them, stood in front of Mr. Mitchelson's, afterwards Dr. Bennet's, house, in Nicolson Street, and were purchased by me for twenty guineas. They were erected when I was a boy at the High School about 1766 or 1767" (Arniston Memoirs, p 298).
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