The 24 pounder standing on the Half Moon Battery was chosen to fire the signal on 5th June 1861.
James Findlay served with the Land Transport Corps during the Crimean War. He was wounded in the leg when an ammunition store blew up outside Sebastopol.
Master Gunner James Findlay worked with Professor Charles Piazzi Smyth and Frederick James Ritchie to set up the city’s daily time signal which fired officially on 7th June 1861.
Captain James Grant was present with the 1st Highland Company, City of Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert reviewed the Scottish Volunteers in Holyrood Park in 1860.
In addition to writing novels with a military theme such as ‘The Romance of War’, James Grant began working on his classic history of the capital in 1881. When it was published the following year, 50,000 copies were sold in the U.S.A.
Catherine Sinclair would have known James Grant the novelist who lived at 26 Danube Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh. He was one of the first to join the 1st City of Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers when the regiment was formed in 1859.
A monument was erected to the memory of Catherine Sinclair in 1868. The memorial designed by John Rhind stands at the junction of Charlotte Street North and St. Colme Street.
Books and souvenirs are available in the Greyfriars KirkVisitors Shop. The church is now open from 11.00 am till 4.00 pm
Greyfriars Kirk re-opens to visitors today at 11.00 am. We’d be glad to see you if you’d like to pop in and take a look around. Visitors are asked to wear face covering if possible. This does not apply to children. Photograph by Saleema Rashid.
Local photographer Saleema Rashid takes fascinating views of the Old Town using an up to date technique creating unique, colourful and imaginative artwork while retaining the historic significance and perspective of her subject. Check out her website. https://www.instagram.com/saleema rashid photography.