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epfborders Posted - 27 March 2012 : 12:54:38
On Morningside Road, Edinburgh, just south of Churchhill, the Bore Stone stands on the boundary wall of an old church.
The information plaque reads -
In which the Royal Standard was last pitched for the muster of the Scottish army on the Borough Muir before the Battle of Flodden 1513.
It long lay in the adjoining field, was then built into the wall near this spot and finally placed here by Sir John Stuart Forbes of Pitsligo,Bart. 1852.
Highest and midmost was descried,
The Royal Banner floating wide,
The staff, a pine tree strong and straight,
Pitch'd deeply in a massive stone,
Which still in memory is shown,
Yet bent beneath the Standards weight.
Marmion.


Elma
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Harry D. Watson Posted - 07 April 2012 : 21:10:17
quote:
Originally posted by HelenT

Is it known why the Telfer Wall was so named? If it was 'Telford' , then I would think it may be named after Thomas Telford.

HelenT
(Telford descendant)



No no, no offence to your illustrious ancestor, but the Telfer Wall was called after the mason who built it. The name Telfer comes from the French Taillefer -

"In 1618 the town council bought 10 acres (4.0 ha) of land to the west of Greyfriars Kirk, which was enclosed between 1628 and 1636 by the Telfer Wall.[28] Most of this land was subsequently sold to the charitable George Heriot's Trust, and is now occupied by George Heriot's School. The rubble-built wall ran south from the Flodden Tower in the Vennel to Lauriston Place; it then turned east, running as far as Bristo Street, where it returned north to the Bristo Port in the Flodden Wall. The Telfer Wall was named after its mason, John Taillefer.[28]"

Harry
Harry D. Watson Posted - 07 April 2012 : 21:06:12
quote:
Originally posted by epfborders

Thanks for the link - am hoping to join one of the Volunteer Guided Walks in the Old Town this summer - but only after stopping at Lorna's, the Chocolate Tree, Artisan Roast etc etc on the way. So many to choose from.

Elma



You're not kidding - the number of coffee-shops in that area has aroused the wrath of local traders. See today's Edinburgh Evening News -

http://www.scotsman.com/edinburgh-evening-news/edinburgh/fury-over-58th-coffee-shop-allowed-in-one-mile-area-1-2222505

Harry
HelenT Posted - 06 April 2012 : 22:56:21
Is it known why the Telfer Wall was so named? If it was 'Telford' , then I would think it may be named after Thomas Telford.

HelenT
(Telford descendant)
epfborders Posted - 06 April 2012 : 19:02:24
Thanks for the link - am hoping to join one of the Volunteer Guided Walks in the Old Town this summer - but only after stopping at Lorna's, the Chocolate Tree, Artisan Roast etc etc on the way. So many to choose from.

Elma
Harry D. Watson Posted - 28 March 2012 : 21:32:52
And after you've viewed the Borestone and had a coffee at Loopy Lorna's in the Churchill Theatre (her freestanding cafe further up Morningside Road has sadly closed), you can head east to the Old Town and walk along the Flodden Wall and its later extension, the Telfer Wall.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh_town_walls

Harry

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