At the gateway to the Memorial Garden, on the North Inch, there are two plaques, one on each side of the entrance. The left -hand side shows present Perth Bridge, the right-hand side shows the Old Perth Bridge. By comparison the new bridge has fewer arches each of which is higher and wider than in the Old Bridge. The Old Bridge being lower and the arches narrower it is clear there was a greater possibility of debris brought down by the river in flood could form a dam, which would cause the bridge to collapse.
The staging of the battle of the clans in 1396 on the North Inch was an attempt by King Robert III t to find a solution to a long running feud between Clan Chatton and Clan Kay. Thirty warriors from each clan were to do battle to resolve the dispute. One of Clan Chattan’s men fled before the battle began and Hal O the Wynd was drafted in to even up the numbers. Clan Chattan were victorious in no small part due to the efforts of Hal O the Wynd.
On the eastern side of the main North Inch flood gates, close to the Garden of Remembrance are two war memorial plaques. The right hand one records those employees of Perth Co-operative who fell in the First World War, together with a second panel below remembering three more servicemen and women who died in the Second World War.. On the left hand is a plaque to remember those who volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War. (1936-1939) The plaque bears a poem by William Soutar and is a dedication to the people of Perthshire who served.
The garden contains a number of memorials. Just outside the North Inch flood gate is a garden containing a statue and series of plaques devoted to the 51st Highland Division of which the Black Watch was an important part.