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Gilmerton, the Drum, Mercat Cross

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9068 / 55°54'24"N

Longitude: -3.1197 / 3°7'10"W

OS Eastings: 330097

OS Northings: 668756

OS Grid: NT300687

Mapcode National: GBR 60N4.DD

Mapcode Global: WH6SV.1SQM

Entry Name: Gilmerton, the Drum, Mercat Cross

Listing Date: 14 July 1966

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 365481

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB28053

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Liberton/Gilmerton

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Dated 1892. Sited to SE of stables. Large sandstone ashlar cross of cruciform arms mounted on tall polygonal column, square base with inscription. Facsimilie of shaft and capital of Edinburgh Mercat Cross.

Statement of Interest

Inscription reads: "Erected in memory of the old Mercat Cross of Edinburgh which stood at The Drum from 1756 to 1866. This Monument was erected November 1882". Edinburgh?s Mercat Cross was orginally sited to the E of St Giles Cathedral. It was dismantled and damaged in the process a number of times between 1558 and 1756 when it was removed and re-erected at The Drum where it remained until 1866. It was illustrated in situ in watercolour by James Drummond (1861) (NMRS Printroom). It was returned to Edinburgh and erected within a railing to the N of St Giles. In 1885 it was placed in its present position at the E end of St Giles Cathedral. Forms part of a Category A group with other buildings on The Drum Estate: The Drum, East Lodges (In Newton Parish Midlothian), Gardeners' Cottages, Icehouses, Stables, Steading, Walled Garden, West Lodge, Drumbank and North Gatepiers.

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