Memorials in St Giles’

The earliest surviving monuments date from the 1840s, while the most recent marks the McRae Bat500th anniversary of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2005. More than a thirdare war memorials to Scottish regiments and individuals who perished during campaigns in India and the Sudan, the Boer War, World War I and World War II. Some display lists of the Fallen. Most record male casualties but one commemorates Scottish Military Nurses during World War I and a particularly elegant one is to Dr Elsie Inglis. Other monuments and plaques honour the memory of influential lawyers, doctors, writers and poets, such as a very fine bronze memorial to Robert Louis Stevenson.

Well-known sculptors who created the monuments include William Brodie, Sir George Frampton, Sir John Steell and C. d’O. Pilkington Jackson.

All the memorials were conserved in 2008-9, as part of the extensive Renewal scheme.