Edinburgh, Holyrood Park, Muschet's Cairn

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Alternative Names Meadowbank; Muschat's Cairn; Queen's Park
Site Type COMMEMORATIVE CAIRN
Canmore ID 157263
Site Number NT27SE 3953
NGR NT 2777 7409
Council EDINBURGH, CITY OF
Parish EDINBURGH (EDINBURGH, CITY OF)
Former Region LOTHIAN
Former District CITY OF EDINBURGH
Former County MIDLOTHIAN
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NT27SE 3953 2777 7409

A small cairn is situated on the NW side of the road at the entrance from Meadowbank into Holyrood Park. It commemorates the site where Nicol Muschet murdered his wife in 1720; he was subsequently convicted and hanged in the Grassmarket. The cairn is made up of boulders cemented together, and measures 4.7m from NE to SW by 2.5m transversely and up to 1.2m in height. The present cairn was erected in 1823, replacing an original cairn that stood a short distance to the W; the latter was removed when a footpath was constructed (Grant 1882, 311). It is plotted at 1:5,550 on an archaeological map of Holyrood Park (RCAHMS 1999).
Visited by RCAHMS (ARG), 15 December 1998.
NMRS, MS/726/96 (71, no. 75); RCAHMS 1999.

 
Books and References

Grant, J ({1882}) Cassell's old and new Edinburgh: its history, its people and its places, 3v London
Page(s): vol. 2, 310-1 Held at RCAHMS D.8.3.CAS

RCAHMS (1999b) Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Holyrood Park: the archaeology of the Royal Park, RCAHMS broadsheet 6 Edinburgh
Held at RCAHMS A.1.7.HOL.P

Wickham-Jones, C R (1996) Arthur's Seat and Holyrood Park: a visitor's guide, Edinburgh
Page(s): 24-5 Held at RCAHMS D.8.41.ART

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