View from the Bower

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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Shot taken from “Queen Margaret’s Bower”, the highest point in Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland.

At the centre of the Palace is the elaborately carved King’s Fountain, thought to be the oldest surviving fountain in Britain.

The fountain was commissioned by James V of Scotland in 1537, reputedly to welcome his new French queen, and the first documentary evidence of its existence is a bill for repairs dating back to 1542. The fountain was once considered to be among the glories of the Scottish court.

It was traditionally used as a centrepiece during special occasions, such as Charles I’s visit in 1633, when the water would be fired. Despite being vandalised in the late 1630s legend has it that wine flowed instead of water when Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed at Linlithgow Palace in 1745.

Occupying a prominent position beside Linlithgow Loch, Linlithgow Palace is one of Scotland’s best known historic buildings.

The birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, Linlithgow Palace was a favourite residence of the Stewart kings before the Union of the Crowns.

Although designated as a Royal Palace, this imposing fortification qualifies as a defensive Castle and was built to be just that.

The first royal residence was established on this site in the 12th century; the present palace was started for King James I in 1425. James V was born here in 1512, and, by the time of the birth of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1542, the building had taken its present form.

Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.


Related shots can be found at: Linlithgow, Lowland Scotland or you can look at all my HDR shots.

Featured in the ImageWriting Group, 28th Feb 09.

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