The park's full of memorials. Most are for people who loved this place: they'd be delighted to see students revising in the sun under their commemorative trees, and this gorgeous blue-eyed dog bounding over their remembrance benches.
The Meadows and Links' memorials tend to be much more personal and affecting than the ones you usually see in grander parks.
(Looks like Matt is this guy ...)
A fine sandstone bench looks over Bruntsfield Links from its highest point. This is the one in the opening photo. I'm watchful for the chance of nice animal pics but to my delight that stunning dog leapt into the scene while I was clicking.
The bench itself is a mystery to me: the inscription seems a bit Delphic. The front says "He lived here and loved these links" but the back seems to be a memorial to three people. As you can see in this snowy photo above that I took in 2010, it had been suffering from a fair bit of graffiti. The Council (or maybe the Friends of the Meadows?) has since restored it.
John "Can I interest you" White
A plaque at the meeting of Middle and North Meadow Walks remembers local favourite John White, the memorable Big Issue seller, with one of his merchant's rhymes. (Another was "Can I interest YOU in the Big IssUE", an earworm that usually rattled an hour or two around your head after you'd bought your copy :) )
There are also several trees dedicated to particular people or causes.
The Palestinian Village Stone
This marks the destruction of a Palestinian village in 1948.
The Al-Dawayima tree is a Turkey Oak and here it still has its autumn leaves at the end of January.
Someone's tied a Magner's pint glass to the trunk and puts flowers in it occasionally.
Beryl & Eddie's Oak
This Common Oak brightens the small park at the corner of Hope Park Crescent.
It's right next to a fine Red Oak of a similar age, a lovely shade in autumn.
The "Sister Cathedral" Fountain
This fountain beside the Pavilion on Jawbone Walk commemorates mischievous local songstress Helen Acquroff, "Sister Cathedral", who was blind from birth. More info here and here. There was once a bronze dolphin spout, but it's long gone.
But then her granite memorial has been suffering vandalism since almost as soon as it was installed in 1889 ...
The Community Plaque for John Simon
A lovely little lawn off Whitehouse Loan has been planted for a local community activist who "worked tirelessly to protect the amenity of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links". His plaque sits on a marker at the foot of a young ash tree.
In spring the lawn's thick with crocuses: below is one of the season's first bees gathering nectar there. I think he'd be pretty proud of his friends' tribute.
There are many more memorials in the park: I'm fond of them all. Here's a map of the ones mentioned here, and a few others.