The National Galleries

The Earthen Mound

The galleries were built on the site of The Mound, originally known as the Earthen Mound.  

For many years, the Earthen Mound formed a raised area separating Princes Street East Gardens and West Gardens.

The Earthen Mound consisted of earth that had been excavated to make the foundations and basements of the buildings in Princes Street.

Eventually, the earth was taken away and used to landscape Princes Street Gardens in the early 1850s, leaving a level site at the Mound ready for the building of the new  National Gallery of Scotland.



The National Galleries


1840s      Earthen Mound      2 Galleries      4 Galleries     Future      Artists


Thumbnails     Future     Exhibitions


1850s    1876    1890    1995

Art Manufactures 1856   1857   1861


The Mound     6 small maps      1830      1840     1850     1860     1870     2001