Linlithgow Town Centre

Linlithgow Town Centre, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the historic town of Linlithgow (pop 14,000) which is located about 20 miles west of Edinburgh.

The raison d’etre for this town is the former Royal Palace  around which the town grew and evolved. There was a royal manor here in the 12th century AD which was transformed into an English military stronghold in 1302. This royal building and much of the surrounding town was destroyed by fire in 1424. James I of Scotland subsequently initiated construction of a sumptuous royal palace on the site. However, after the union of crowns (with England) in the 17th century the palace was virtually abandoned and then, apparently accidentally, destroyed by yet another fire, in 1745.

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