NT2775 : Earthworks, Leith Links

taken 8 years ago, near to Leith, Edinburgh, Great Britain

Earthworks, Leith Links
Earthworks, Leith Links
This mound, known locally as 'Lady Fife's Brae', is believed to have been created as a gun emplacement for the Siege of Leith in 1560 and appears on 19thC maps of the area marked as 'Pelham's Battery'. It lies to the east of a similar, larger mound designated 'Somerset's Battery' (known locally as 'Giant's Brae'). The traditional belief in the origin of the mounds has been challenged by a local historian who asserts that they are merely natural hillocks and that the gun batteries were placed further south on the slopes of Hawkhill. Nevertheless, the mounds owe their survival to the belief because they were deliberately spared when Leith Town Council levelled the ground to transform the Links into a public park. Whatever their significance, the mounds are scheduled ancient monuments.

NT2775 : Earthworks, Leith Links
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 13 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Thursday, 15 October, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 274 759 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.2354N 3:9.8659W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 273 759
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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