ST ANDREW SQUARE EDINBURGH

EDINBURGH NEW TOWN ATTRACTIONS

 

ST ANDREW SQUARE EDINBURGH

was one of 2 squares that were in the plans for Edinburgh New Town.

ST ANDREW SQUARE EDINBURGH

St Andrew Square part of the original design of the new Town which was built between 1759 and 1835.

The gardens in St Andrew Square were completed in 1778, now with an outdoor licensed café, it is a great place to relax after a long hard day at the shops, before making your way home. The Bus Station, Rail station, Tram stop and Taxi Rank are all close by. During the Festival in August there is Fringe venues and market stalls. and for Christmas or the month of December there is a Christmas grotto and fair ground rides.

HENRY DUNDAS MONUMENT ST ANDREW SQUARE EDINBURGH

HENRY DUNDAS (1st VISCOUNT MELVILLE) 1742 – 1811 (pictured left)

'The Uncrowned King of Scotland’.  The column in St Andrew Square is in his memory. Henry Dundas was born in Dalkeith, south east of Edinburgh into a family distinguished for its legal and political talent. Henry Dundas was educated at the High School of Edinburgh and then the University of Edinburgh. Henry Dundas was elected a Member of Parliament for Edinburgh. He was appointed Lord Advocate in 1777 and, Secretary of State for the Home Department in 1791. He was also Treasurer to the Navy (1782-1800). Dundas was elected Deputy Governor of the Bank of Scotland (1779) and Governor in (1790), the post he held until his death. He wielded enormous power throughout Britain and its dominions, hence his epithet: THE UNCROWNED KING OF SCOTLAND. He was also instrumental in having the slavery act slowed down by adding the word gradual to the act. On 23 Feb 1807 William Wilberforce finally had slavery made illegal, but it was a further 30 years before 'emancipation' of all the slaves in the British colonies.

HENRY DUNDAS was the last person to be impeached in the United Kingdom in 1806, for misappropriation of public money. Although acquitted, he never held public office again. Many places around the world have been named after Henry Dundas including the town of Dundas in southern Ontario Canada.

DUNDAS HOUSE ST ANDREW SQUARE EDINBURGH

On the east side of the St Andrew Square stands the impressive mansion of Dundas House. Henry Dundas had this house built and was the home of Sir Lawrence Dundas in 1774, Dundas House became the head office of The Royal Bank of Scotland in 1825. The monument in the centre of the garden is of

Sir John Hope, 4th Earl of Hopetoun, colonel of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders.

DAVID HUME’S HOUSE

ST ANDREW SQUARE EDINBURGH

David Hume lived at 21 South St David Street from 1771-1776 with a view of St Andrew Square. Located on the south west corner of the square.

Unfortunately, this is no longer in view as a development has replaced it. T.K. MAX

CANAL STREET STATION PRINCES STREET EDINBURGH

The trams on the East side of St Andrew Square run over the old railway route that took passengers and goods from the once named Canal Street Station (Waverley Station) to Granton Harbour. The track was on such a steep hill that it was pulled up the tracks by horses. Known as the Scotland Street Tunnel it opened in May of 1847 and closed in 1868 due to modernisation and other routes. The Entrance can still be seen at Scotland Street Park below Scotland Street.

SCOTLAND STREET TUNNEL

MULTREE'S HILL PRINCES STREET EDINBURGH

You will also find the entrance to Edinburgh's main bus station and Multrees Walk where you will find the designer shops. This area was built on an area previously called Multrees Hill before the new Town was built. 

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