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Worthy tribute

Not exactly the most famous Scotsman in the world or even in Scotland for that matter. It was nice... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

I came across this statue by accident when I was looking for somewhere to sit down for a breather... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
Kilmacolm, United Kingdom
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9 Oct 2018
“Statue James Braidwood”
28 Oct 2017
“Worthy tribute”
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Reviewed 10 October 2018

The Statue of James Braidwood is lost among the hundreds of statues in Edinburgh. I would not go out of my way to view it.

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Not exactly the most famous Scotsman in the world or even in Scotland for that matter. It was nice to stumble across this statue accidentally and discover the James Braidwood set up the first fire service in Edinburgh. A worthy tribute.

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Reviewed 25 August 2017

I came across this statue by accident when I was looking for somewhere to sit down for a breather, and suddenly realised who this was. The plaque says it all "the Father of the British Fire Service" After 2 bad fires in Edinburgh, he was...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Not only did Edinburgh create the first proper Municipal Fire Service, but the head of that service James Braidwood then went on to create a similar service in the City of London. Sadly it was whilst fighting a fire at the age of 62 in...More

Thank bsandrs
Reviewed 23 June 2017

The statue of James Braidwood stands in Parliament Square, Edinburgh. He was the founder of the world's first municipal fire service in Edinburgh in 1824 and was the first director of the London Fire Brigade. He died fighting the Tooley Street fire in London. The...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Chuffed to have found this statue and even more special to have visited it with his great,great granddaughter. A true hero of the fire service, then, now and always!

Thank Matt A
Reviewed 25 February 2017

James Braidwood, born in Edinburgh, was the founder of the world's first municipal fire service in Edinburgh. Ironically he died fighting a fire, the famous Tooley Street fire, at Cotton's Wharf in London. The statue is situated at Parliament Square, off the upper part of...More

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Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Beautiful statue with a nice plaque that tells the amazing tale of James. Nice picture opportunity. James invented the modern concept of a fire brigade and died fighting a fire.

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Reviewed 4 October 2015

There are many statues in Edinburgh and I must admit I don't know who half the people celebrated are. However after reading up a bit I have found out that James Braidwood founded the fire service in Edinburgh. Quite an achievement.

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malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton
have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a
mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village
found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything
but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street;
even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and
art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The
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