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The Earl's Palace, Kirkwall by lezvee

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Featured in:
Highlands and Islands Photography Group, 7th June 2014
A Nikon (UK) Group, 28th June, 2014

The ruins of the Earl’s Palace in Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland (UK) is directly opposite the the Bishop’s Palace, and a short distance to the south of St Magnus Cathedral. It has been hailed as “the finest example of French Renaissance architecture in Scotland”. The construction of the Earl’s Palace began in 1600, instigated by Patrick Stewart (a cruel despot), a few years after his accession to the earldom. Using forced labour to quarry and ship in the stone for the grandiose scheme, Patrick Stewart planned to build a dwelling unrivalled in design, comfort and beauty. His plan was to incorporate the remains of the Bishop’s Palace (opposite to the Earl’s Palace) into a massive palatial complex. But by 1606, Earl Patrick Stewart was heavily in debt. The Palace was completed in 1607 but, shortly afterwards, Patrick Stewart was arrested and work completing the final complex had to be abandoned. After Patrick’s execution in 1615, the portion of the Earl’s Palace already built became the residence of Orkney’s bishops.

Camera used: Nikon Coolpix E3200

I live in the UK and in 2011 when I joined Red Bubble,started experimenting with different settings and angles. I enjoy finding suitable pictures of flowers, Scotland, reflections, lamps and seats and have now branched out into different subjects.
In 2013 I finally realised my dream of visiting Australia and New Zealand. Whilst there I purchased a Pentax camera so have been able to expand my portfolio of flower macros among other new and exciting subjects.

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  • Keala
    Keala7 months ago

    Wonderful shot and interesting history! Well done!

  • Thank you Keala for your lovely comments and for making this a favourite

    – lezvee

  • Francis Drake
    Francis Drake7 months ago

    Ah! Now that is a grand building and a superb shot, Lesley. A favourite for me. Congratulations.
    Take care

  • Thank you so much Francis – as always – very encouraging comments from you. Thanks to for making this one of your favourites.

    – lezvee

  • Martha Sherman
    Martha Sherman7 months ago

    Beautiful capture of an incredible place. The detail and colors are fantastic. I have to go to Scotland, too, I can see.

  • Thank you Martha for both lovely comments and for the fav. If you have never been to Scotland I would recommend it. This, of course, is in the Isles but well worth the extra travel.

    – lezvee

  • John44
    John447 months ago

    Well done
    Beautiful work

  • Thank you John for your very encouraging comments

    – lezvee

  • MidnightMelody
    MidnightMelody7 months ago

    A splendid shot!

  • Thank you so much – pleased you like this one

    – lezvee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watson7 months ago

    Great work

  • Thank you Joy and for the fav too

    – lezvee

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradour7 months ago

    A very interesting narrative you’ve done to accompy this wonderful shot, I think the History behind each picture makes it so more interesting

  • Thank you Malcolm for your very encouraging comments. I agree – I enjoy reading historical notes attached to pictures.

    – lezvee

  • kalaryder
    kalaryder7 months ago

    No that is a fine shot

  • Thank you – I loved those window embrasures.

    – lezvee

  • kalaryder
    kalaryder6 months ago


  • Super news – thank you so much – as always, very much appreciated.

    – lezvee

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuits6 months ago

    Congratulations Lesley

    This excellent picture has been featured in the Nikon UK group

  • Thank you so much Richard for this feature – I am delighted

    – lezvee

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