Category Archives: History

Queen Mary’s Bathhouse

I love these auld places, I present to you – Queen Mary’s Bathhouse. This 16th century building can be found at the foot of the Royal Mile close to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament.

Folklore says Mary Queen of Scots bathed here, only in sweet white wine! However it is unlikely that it was ever used as a bath house.

once attached to a wall encircling the King’s Privy Garden and it is thought to have been a summer house or even a tennis pavilion.

Queen Mary's Bathhouse

Queen Mary’s Bathhouse

Edinburgh Castle From St Cuthbert’s Kirkyard

St Cuthbert's kirkyard and Edinburgh Castle

St Cuthbert’s kirkyard and Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh has many Gothic and spooky locations, here is a shot of Edinburgh Castle taken from St Cuthbert’s Kirkyard. (with a sepia tone added). St. Cuthbert’s Kirk is thought to be one the oldest site of worship in Edinburgh.

The graveyard of the ‘Kirk below the Castle’ is an intrinsic part of the story of Christianity in Scotland from the Dark Ages onwards, and its establishment during the 8th century predates the first records. Despite its busy city centre location, the site feels secluded and secret.

From http://www.ewht.org.uk

 

The Flodden Wall

The Flodden wall – medieval Edinburgh’s main defensive wall. Enclosing the southern part of the city, through what is today the Grassmarket, Cowgate and Greyfriars, the northern section of the city was defended by the Nor Loch and nobody wanted to dip in to that, it was disgusting.

The newly crowned king of England was up to their usual rhetoric claiming to be overlord of Scotland, then in 1513 Henry VIII of England invaded France, James IV of Scotland reenacted the Auld Alliance and invaded England, Unfortunately this was a mistake and the Scottish army was massacred. James was also killed thus being the last Scottish monarch to die on the battlefield.

This wall was built in fear of an English reprisal, but it’s also the main reason why there are so many closes in Edinburgh’s old town – Build buildings close together, build them high as space was premium. (gardyloo & haud yer hun – but thats another story)

you can still see Surviving fragments throughout the city, as with its expansion the Teller wall

Inchcolm Island

I took a wee trip out to Inchcolm island, technical not Edinburgh but South Queensferry… but I’ll add a few pics just now…. more later

Look at this Seal, He/She looks so happy with its self… a bonny wee creature.

Happy Seal

Happy Seal

This is Inchcolm abbey, dating back to the twelfth century

Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey

Bum The Dog

We all know about Edinburgh’s favorite canine the one, the only – Greyfriars bobby
but he has a unofficial brother, I present to you, Bum.  Bum is from San Diego in California.  Edinburgh was twinned with San Diego in 1977, so why not brother up out much loved historic dogs.  Two beautiful animals that share such a unique different history.

 

Bum the Dog

Bum the Dog

A Canine Connection

Edinburgh and San Diego, California, share a twinning link with a
unique twist.  Each city is home to a famous dog. Edinburgh’s loyal and
beloved Greyfriars Bobby and San Diego’s equally beloved vagabond dog,
bum.  In recognition of these canine heroes a statue of Bobby was
presented to San Diego and this statue of Bum was gifted in return.
The dogs represent the spirit of a twinning link friendship,
loyalty and shared experience.

Bum, died 1898, Aged 12 years
sculpted by Jessica McCain, USA

Presented to the citizens of Edinburgh by the San Diego-Edinburgh sister Society
In association with E Clampus Vitus, John P. Squibob Chapter 1853, on 19th July 2008

Bum The Dog

Bum The Dog

and we have to have a photo of Bobby!! 🙂

Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby

If you are looking for the statues,
Bobby is at the top or Candle maker row (George IV/Grassmarket)
Bum is at Princes street Gardens West – entrance at Kings Stable Road – (easy to miss)

go pay them a wee visit.  (please, pretty please don’t rub bobys nose)

West Princes Street Gardens – Panoramic

West Princes Street Gardens - Panoramic

West Princes Street Gardens – Panoramic

Panoramic photo of West Princes Street gardens, this has the Castle, The Ross Fountain (which I really wish they would fix) and st cuthbert’s parish church to the right.  Between 1460 and 1759 this area was entirely flooded with water, this was the castles northern defense known as the Nor’ Loch

Calton Hill – Panoramic

Here, I present to you a panoramic photo of Calton Hill  – Panoramic

Calton Hill - Panoramic

Calton Hill – Panoramic

This is one of two, the other will be updated at a later date.
here we can see The National Monument of Scotland, this is Scotland’s national memorial to the Scottish soldiers and sailors who died fighting in the Napoleonic Wars.   Next is Nelson Monument this is a commemorative tower in honour of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson. lastley we have the Old City Observatory no longer in use.