A MEMORIAL wall built in recognition of a Borders-born architect behind the Walter Scott monument in Edinburgh is set for a make-over.

Scott’s iconic Gothic tower and memorial is a dramatic addition to Edinburgh’s architectural heritage and city landscape.

Its prominent position in Princes Street Gardens, adjacent to Princes Street and Waverley Bridge, originally towered above the surrounding buildings from which atop can still be seen outstanding views of Calton Hill, Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street and the gardens below.

The architect behind its design, George Meikle Kemp, was born on May 26, 1795, in the Moorfoot Hills of the Borders at Gladstone Loch.

Now a formal planning application has been submitted by Scottish Borders Council to its own planning department for planning approval to carry out repairs to an overgrown memorial wall erected in Kemp’s honour on the northern gable of Moy Hall, Redscarhead, off the A703 near Cringletie, a few miles north of Peebles, by Eddleston Water.