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By Philip_H
Outside the entrance to Gladstone's Land (a 17th century high-tenement house situated in the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland), is a hanging sign with the date 1617 and a gilt-copper hawk with outstretched wings. Although not original, the significance of this is that the name "Gledstone" is derived from the Scots word "gled" meaning a hawk.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Zoo life'.

Best wishes,

Tags: Scotland General Edinburgh Hawk Mouse Old town Royal mile Lawnmarket Hanging sign Gladstoness land Tenement house Gilt-copper

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6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 6:12PM
How wonderfully strange, and incredibly interesting.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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great shot like it. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
4 Jan 2013 6:36PM
Unusual and the strong light and shadow works well, Philip.

l1z 4 3 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 7:07PM
lovely image Smile
Mrsbass 3 2 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 7:17PM
Lovely sculpture - great subject matter and great image.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1501 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 7:22PM
In the thumbnail I thought this was real! I know the area well, never noticed this.
nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
4 Jan 2013 7:51PM
Wonderful shot against the sky and very interesting.Smile
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 8:06PM
Lovely angled shot of a really nice, interesting sculpture. Thanks for the info.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
4 Jan 2013 9:14PM
Hurrah for the hawk-- a wonderful story and image!
HELANA 6 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 10:34PM
Very interesting shot Philip, it thas look like a real one.
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
4 Jan 2013 10:57PM
Now, if only we could get all Hawks to concentrate on the sort of capture this fine fellow has made rather than birds! I can't believe I don't know where this is in Edinburgh! Must try harder. What a wonderful casting this is and you really did it proud with a superb "capture" of your own.

Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
5 Jan 2013 4:28AM
A great capture of this lovely sculture Philip - and thanx for the write up too !
CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
5 Jan 2013 7:07AM
What a beautiful 'sculpture', Philip, well spotted and captured. Carol
Herge88 Plus
9 40 4 England
5 Jan 2013 11:47AM
Well spotted, informative write up as usual.

Best Matt
5 Jan 2013 4:18PM
A great capture
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
5 Jan 2013 4:23PM
Fine shot and an informative narrative.
Tibetan 4 3 England
6 Jan 2013 1:36PM
Thank you Phillip for the narrative, interesting shot, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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