Tour Guide at Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

 This morning, I collected guests from central Glasgow and proceeded as follows:

  • First to Eglinton Street, Glasgow, an area where an ancestor resided.
  • Next to Livingston Village Kirk, a Presbyterian church within the Church of Scotland. Here we were welcomed by the minister and provided with refreshment. There was a church on this site in the 12th century but the current buiding is Post Reformation ( i.e. post 1560) and may date from the 16th century. We discussed various aspects of the community and church. The minister displayed various, old utensils and vessels used in services. The collection included an unusual stone with five cup style holes which may have been used for penance in days past.

Livingston Inn, Scotland

Livingston Village, Scotland

Livingston Kirk, Scotland

Inside Livingston Kirk

Inside Livingston Kirk

  • Next to Dechmont, a village with ancestor connections. We¬†called in at the Post Office for local information.

Dechmont, Scotland

 Next to Kirkliston Parish Church where we were met by a Church Elder who kindly provided a tour of the church and information on family history. On display is a signed League and Covenant document dated 1643 which is from a time of great turbulence and even violence arising from a dispute between King and people over governance of the church in Scotland.

Kirkliston Parish Church, Scotland

Inside Kirkliston Parish Church, Scotland

Stained Glass at Kirkliston Parish Church

 

  • Next, we returned to Livingston for lunch at the Inn, a former coaching stop with stables.

Livingston Inn, Scotland

  • Next, we moved on to Linlithgow Palace, a former residence of the Scottish Royal Family. This was founded by James I in 15th century and took 100 years to complete. Mary, Queen of Scots was born here. The Palace was abandoned in 1603 when James VI moved to London. Current ruined condition is due to an accidental fire started by occupying English soldiers in 1745. We were able to join a tour led by young ladies in period costume.

Great Hall at Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

Courtyard at Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

Kitchen at Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

  • Next, we drove to¬†Bathgate to sites associated with ancestors, particularly Gideon street and North Bridge Street.

Gideon Street, Bathgate, Scotland

Gideon Street, Bathgate, Scotland

  • Our final stop was Uddingston and the former Royal Hotel where an ancestor is known to have a connection.

Former Royal Hotel, Uddingston, Scotland

  • After Uddingston we returned to Glasgow at conclusion of day’s tour.

Tomorrow we visit the Rosslyn Chapel and the Border Abbeys.

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