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Hopetoun Monument

A Category B Listed Building in Haddington, East Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9782 / 55°58'41"N

Longitude: -2.8016 / 2°48'5"W

OS Eastings: 350073

OS Northings: 676429

OS Grid: NT500764

Mapcode National: GBR 2R.W6J9

Mapcode Global: WH7TQ.YZ2W

Entry Name: Hopetoun Monument

Listing Date: 5 February 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 343328

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB10831

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Haddington

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian

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Description

1824. Imposing column of industrial stalk appearance topping Byres Hill. Circular section, internal spiral stairway leading to parapet and viewpoint, cantilevered with machicolated corbel.

Squared and coursed red igneous whinstone. Base course, band course on column and below corbel. Round-arched doorway with iron grill and raised surround. Tall unglazed slit openings in column.

Statement of Interest

Original marble plaque on column reads "This monument was erected to the memory of the great and good John, Fourth Earl of Hopetoun, by the affectionate and grateful tenantry in East Lothian MDCCCXXIV". The Earl in question had a mainly military career, attaining the rank of Lieutenant-General and gaining some fame at the Battle of Corunna. This monolith dominates the East Lothian skyline and, from the top, the intrepid may view most of Lothian and the Firth of Forth.

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