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Redford Barracks

Redford Barracks
©2019 Gazetteer for Scotland

Redford Barracks

Located on Colinton Road in Edinburgh, Redford Barracks represent the largest military installation built in Scotland since Fort George (Highland; 1748). Built by local contractors for the War Office between 1909 and 1915, the barracks comprise separate massive Infantry and Cavalry barracks, providing military accommodation, together with offices and training facilities. Facing Colinton Road is the Cavalry Barracks, with its large clock-tower in the centre. The high ceilings and airy rooms of the barracks have led some to suggest that it was designed for warm climate of India and built in Scotland by mistake! The equally grand Infantry Barracks was intended to accommodate an entire regiment of 1000 men. The new barracks was in part used to accommodate German prisoners during World War I.

Since 1923, Redford has provided the base for the garrison of Edinburgh Castle. Performers in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo are traditionally accommodated here.

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