Clock at Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Clock at Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland.

This evening, I am focusing on Edinburgh’s Royal Palace, Scotland namely Holyroodhouse  at foot of the Royal Mile.

This official Scottish Royal residence has a long history dating back to the 12th century when an Augustinian Abbey was founded on the site under the patronage of King David I.

The term Holyrood has two possible origins, viz:

  1. King David’s alleged vision of a stag with a cross or ‘rood’ between its antlers.
  2. A fragment of the True Cross which had been brought to Scotland by David’s mother, Margaret.

The early Abbey had a guest house for important visitors out of which progressively evolved into the current Palace whilst the Abbey ultimately deteriorated into current ruinous state.

James IV (1488-1513) and V (1513-42) undertook considerable work on building and developing the Palace. James VI resided there until he moved to London in 1603 after which the importance of the building declined. The current building dates from the late 17th century consequent on a re-build prompted by the restoration of the monarchy under Charles II. Architect was Sir William Bruce, whilst Master Mason, Robert Mylne executed the work.

Other important personages and royalty connected with the Palace include James VII, Mary Queen of Scots, Charles Edward Stuart, Comte d’Artois (French), George IV and Queen Victoria.

Tours are available to the public and are undertaken at own pace by audio guide. Key aspects include the Quadrangle, Great Stair and State Apartments with latter incorporating a Great Gallery which features an extensive series of portraits of real and legendary kings of Scotland.

Not to be overlooked is the adjacent Abbey Church  and gardens.

Video clip of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Front elevation at Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

Front elevation at Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

Interior quadrangle at Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

Interior quadrangle at Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

Long shadows at Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

Long shadows at Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

Landscape view of Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Landscape view of Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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