Bayonets to be Replaced
"The statue was erected in 1910
to remember the bravery of the men who died during combat in the Boer War
of 1899-1902. There is no other monument to the Black Watch in
For almost 100 years the soldiers
on the Black Watch memorial have been missing their bayonets.
Now a military history group, 'The One
o'Clock Gun Association', is to raise £10,000 to replace the bayonets,
rifle barrels and pipe drones that were snapped from the battle scene on
The-11-foot-tall soldier who stands on granite
pedestal will be cleaned up and restored to his original bronze colour."
George Robinson, Secretary of 'The One o'Clock Gun Association' said:
trees around it have grown so tall that people hardly even notice it
it has become Edinburgh's forgotten statue.
It's been so badly beaten by the weather, it's
almost green now, instead of bronze. You would think he was in
camouflage uniform, he blends in so well with the trees now, you hardly
Councillor Donald Anderson, the city's culture leader and a spokesman
for the the secretary for the Black Watch both welcomed the move to
restore the monument.
Edinburgh Evening News: March 9, 2007, p.3