Argyle Battery

Trials were carried out at the Castle during the early part of 1861 to find the most suitable battery from which to fire the signal. The master gunner originally planned to fire the signal from the Argyle Battery using one of the twelve pounders, pointing towards the Scott Monument. He changed his mind and decided to use the twenty four pounder standing next to the flagpole on the Half Moon Battery, pointing towards the Nelson Monument.


A new political party has been founded in Edinburgh. Alba has been formed to campaign for an independent Scotland. The website’s cover page has been photographed from the same angle as the painting of the Scottish Volunteer Review which took place in the Queen’s Park in 1860.


Fifty spaces are now available for each Sunday service at Greyfriars. Bookings close when the spaces are filled or three hours before the service begins (whichever comes first). On Easter Day two services will be held. The first at 9.30am and a more or less identical service at 11am. More information and frequently asked questions are available at the booking link below.

You must book your place in advance at: