Portobello Tower is the building
standing in its own walled grounds beside the shore at the extreme right of
this engraving, published in Old & New Edinburgh in 1890:
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Portobello Tower was built for the lawyer John Cunningham in 1785.
It was built of rubble with a red brick dressing and is a mix of many
architectural styles from late medieval to late C17.
The Buildings of Scotland - Edinburgh [John Gifford et
The building is said to incorporate fragments of Old College, Edinburgh
Mercat Cross and St Andrews' Cathedral.
Annals of Duddingston and Portobello [William Baird.]
Portobello Tower (or at least
part of it) is still standing, but amidst high buildings. Until
recently there was an amusement arcade between the tower and the sands, but
this arcade may now have been replaced by new housing.