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In Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, St Michaels Church (on the left) and Linlithgow Palace (on the right) from the local park (the Peel). The Peel is a man made park which once was part of the adjacent Loch.

St. Michael’s Church is the most complete surviving example of a large late medieval ‘burgh kirk’ in Scotland. Its western tower originally had a distinctive stone ‘crown spire’, of the type seen also on St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, or St. Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle-on-Tyne, which was removed in the early 19th century as it had become unsafe. In 1964 a replacement, the present aluminium spire, was added. The choice of spire was controversial at the time and the town was divided about it.

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

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

Bonnie Prince Charlie was entertained here in 1745; a year later, after having been occupied by soldiers of the Duke of Cumberland, the palace was gutted by fire and has remained a noble ruin ever since.

Linlithgow Palace is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 37469).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

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

Featured in : Historic Places : 19 Mar 10

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 6 years ago


  • Misty Lackey
    Misty Lackeyalmost 6 years ago

    huge castle?

  • shadyuk
    shadyukalmost 6 years ago

    So much History here, great work Tom !

  • Mayina
    Mayinaalmost 6 years ago

    Brilliant Tom…………

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBellealmost 6 years ago

    Lovely capture and amazing colors, dark clouds and sunlight lighting the lawns,wonderful!:o)) God Bless,Mae

  • MichelleR
    MichelleRalmost 6 years ago

    This is gorgeous. Nice job.

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent description and a terrific photo

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonalmost 6 years ago

    A grand looking building

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 6 years ago

    great shot and nice narrative.x

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