Elgin Walls

kalaryder

Baldivis, Australia

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Elgin is a former cathedral city and Royal Burgh in Moray, Scotland. In 1568 the lead was stripped from the roof of the cathedral, by order of the Privy Council. The lead was to be sold and the proceeds to go to the maintenance of Regent Moray’s soldiers, but the ship taking the lead cargo to Holland sank almost immediately on leaving Aberdeen harbour. Without this protection the building began to deteriorate. In 1637, the rafters over the choir were blown down and in 1640 the minister of St Giles along with the Laird of Innes and Alexander Brodie of Brodie, all ardent Covenanters, removed and destroyed the ornately carved screen and woodwork that had remained intact. The tracery of the West window was destroyed sometime between 1650 and 1660 by Cromwell’s soldiers. On Easter Sunday 1711 the central tower collapsed for the second time in its history, but caused much more damage. The rubble was quarried for various projects in the vicinity until 1807 when, through the efforts of Joseph King of Newmill, a wall was built around the cathedral and a keeper’s house erected (Wikipedia).

Elgin in the highlands of Moray, Scotland, UK

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Featured in Historic Sites Group 09/01/2017
British Artists Group 20/01/2017

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