Linlithgow

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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Another aerial shot, don’t worry, I will run out of material soon.

This one is of the town of Linlithgow, West lothian, Scotland.

In the centre of the shot, you can see the Royal Palace of Linlithgow with St. Michael’s Church behind it. The grassy park area is called the Peel and is a recreational park in front of the Palace.

Linlithgow Palace – 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.

St Michael is the patron saint of the town and, in the form of the ancient church of that name, he still stands guard above its inhabitants.

On a personal note, once opon a time, when I used to do real work for a living, I worked for the Department of the Environment, Repair and Maintenance of Ancient monuments. We were based in Linlithgow Palace and as well as maintaining the Palace, we also looked after many other historic buildings over a wide area in central Scotland.

Linlithgow is also the town where I was born. I lived there until I married.

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Related shots can be found at: Linlithgow and Lowland Scotland


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