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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
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 343328
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB10831
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Lothian
Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir
Traditional County: East Lothian
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.
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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