I thought I'd tell you a little bit about the hawk outside Gladstone's Land. For anyone who has visited, or is thinking of visiting this property the golden hawk stands out among the other buildings in The Royal Mile (the Kingis Hie Street) making Gladstone's Land immediately recognisable. (If you want to know more about the building and it's history - click the picture of Gladstone's Land to the right).
Gledstane was the original family name which in time changed to Gladstone. A "gled" is the old Scottish word for a hawk and it's natural refuge was among the "stanes" or rocks of craggy moorlands.
The hawk is not original to the building but was added at the time of the renovation because of the significance of the name and if you look closely you can see a little mouse in it's claws.