excavations represented in the annexed print, situated at the distance
of about a mile and a half to the north-west of the New Town, afforded
the greater portion of the stone with which that part of Edinburgh was
built; and are well worthy the attention of the geologist, and of every
hill, at one end of which these excavations are made, is composed,
almost to the surface, of free-stone of very fine white appearance, and
of solid texture.
have been obtained blocks of immense size, which are susceptible of
great delicacy of sculpture, as exemplified in the capitals of the
columns in Waterloo
Place, and in other parts of modern Edinburgh."