James Braidwood, born in Edinburgh in 1800,
and educated at the Royal High School. Following a series of fires
in Edinburgh Old Town, Braidwood persuaded the authorities to help him
create Edinburgh Fire Brigade, the first municipal fire brigade in the
world, in 1824 wnen he was 24 years old.
He went on to become Superintendent of London
Fire Brigade when it was set up in 1833. He was killed by a
collapsing wall, while on duty in London in 1861.
A fund has been established for a £75,000
memorial to Braidwood, to be created by the Glasgow sculptor, Kenneth
Mackay, to be erected probably either in the High Street close to where
Braidwood set up his first fire station or near Lothian & Borders' current
HQ in Lauriston Place.
It is hoped that the Memorial will be unveiled