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This morning, I joined a small group led by a professional geologist which visited various geological sites in Edinburgh, Scotland which are associated with Sir James Hutton (1726-1797).

Hutton was a wealthy and multi-talented individual whose life coincided with the Scottish Enlightenment, a period of intense intellectual activity covering many disciplines.

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View from summit of Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.

View from summit of Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.

This evening, I am posting information on Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The park comprises an extensive open space featuring small lochs (lakes) but is essentially hilly with the peak, Arthur’s Seat, sitting at the centre at a height of 251 metres/823 feet. Arthur’s Seat  and adjacent area is of volcanic origin dating back 310m-360m years when Scotland was situated near to the equator. There is also an exposed cliff edge named Salisbury Crags which was formed slightly later than Arthur’s Seat by magma flowing from deep inside the earth.

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Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on the Scottish Parliament which is located at foot of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Parliament was opened in 2004 as a consequence of devolution of powers from Westminster (London) to Edinburgh. Up until the formation of the United Kingdom in 1707 Scotland’s Parliament met in a building half way up the Royal Mile behind St.Giles’ Cathedral in Parliament Square. This building still exists but is now occupied by the legal profession.

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