Midlothian’s 100 Objects - Gate piers, Rosebery House

Gate piers at the entrance to Rosebery House, near Temple. Photo: Scran/Edinburgh College of Art
Gate piers at the entrance to Rosebery House, near Temple. Photo: Scran/Edinburgh College of Art

Rosebery House, near Temple, is an early 19th-century building.

The house replaced an earlier building and much of the outer structure dates from that time.

The pointed pyramids or obelisks rest on stone pedestals. The pedestals are lobed with flat cornices.

Piers like this are found in a number of places all over Scotland, most notably at Moray House in Edinburgh of which these piers are shorter copies.

The gatepiers are difficult to date. Originally they were a 17th-century fashion, but the masonry of the pedestals here seems later, possibly 19th century.

Photo: Scran/ Edinburgh College of Art

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