This memorial was initiated by the Scottish-American War Memorial Committee. the statue and bas-relief were sculpted by Canadian Robert Tait Mackenzie (1867-1938)and cast at the Roman Bronze Works, Brooklyn, New York,Mackenzie was a physician and Director of Physical Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Craigleith sandstone setting was designed by architect Reginald Fairlie.
The memorial was unveiled on the 7th September 1927 by U.S. Ambassador Houghton, who was given the Freedom ofEdinburgh. The text is from "A Creed", written at Vimy Ridge in 1916 by leutenant E. Allan Mackintosh M.C., 1893-1917, 5th Seaforth Highlanders, 51st (Highland) Division, poet.