This statue is beside Princes Street in West Princes Street Gardens, opposite the junction with Frederick Street and just above the Ross Bandstand in the below gardens.
It commemorates the Royal Scots Greys who left Edinburgh in 1899 to fight in the South African Boer War. The sculptor was Mr William Birnie Rhind, and it was unveiled by Lord Rosebery on 16th November 1906. The statue is mounted on a pedestal of rock which bears the bronze plaque containing the inscription and Regimental badges.
Funnily, it seems that almost every soldier who was in the Scots Greys during the 1st World War claims to have been the model for this statue (including my husband's grandfather, haha! :-) but apparently, the model for the sculpture was Sergeant-Major Anthony James Hinnigan from Jedburgh and his horse Polly.
--> At the foot of the statue have a look at the gigantic thistle bush! I've never seen anything like it!
This church and cemetary at the west end of Princes Street Gardens is like a quiet little oasis among the city bustle. I believe this is the cemetary where the infamous Burk & Hare used to dig up bodies in order to sell them for medical science!