This is the plaque to a famous son of Edinburgh James Connolly which was erected on the wall of George IV Bridge arch spanning the Cowgate valley.
James Connolly was born at 107 Cowgate, Edinburgh, the son of Irish Catholic Immigrants. His upbringing was one of extreme poverty, and he was working to support his family from the age of eleven. At fourteen he joined the British Army, serving in Ireland for seven years. When he returned to Edinburgh in 1890 he became actively involved in socialist politics.