An Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building

This little turreted two storey structure with a pyramidal roof was once attached to a bourdary wall, enclosing the 16th century King’s Privy Garden at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Palace’s gardens were landscaped in 1850 at the behest of Prince Albert and the Privy Garden was removed when a new carriageway was created to avoid the nearby Canongate slums leaving this little building standing outside the walls of the Palace.

Popular legends says that Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87), used to bathe in sweet white wine for her complexion in this Bath House. However, it is more probable that the building was used as a Summer Pavilion or Dovecote and the Royals would most likely have used it as a Summer House. An ornate dagger was found in the roof-space while the building was being repaired in 1789 and the building was restored in 1852.

Queen Mary’s Bath House is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (Ref Number 28028).

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix 4.2.4.

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 1 year ago

    fantastic mate..I remember this..Bringing back some fab memories

  • Cheers mate, this is another one from our great weekend Bubble-meet in March 2011. Somehow, I never got round to posting this one …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    Good posting and narrative Tom
    Did we go here to on the RB meet?

  • Cheers John, this was from a different RB meet in March 2011. Next time you come, I will take you there …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithover 1 year ago

    What a quirky little building. A great shot and interesting history Tom.

  • Thank you kindly Christine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 1 year ago

    Nicely done and thanks for the background story Tom.

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Cheers Derek …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 1 year ago

    So lovely, Tom. Super capture.x

  • Thank you so much Agnes …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 1 year ago

    lovely scene great treatment

  • Thank you kindly Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 1 year ago

    What an amazing little building, great find Tom.

  • Cheers Colin …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 1 year ago

    Another great historical architectural image!

  • Thank you so much Kasia …

    – Tom Gomez

  • biddumy
    biddumyover 1 year ago

    Beautiful tones and image Tom with great info too!!!

  • Thank you kindly Evelyn …

    – Tom Gomez

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