Linlithgow Palace is one of Scotland's most important building of antiquity. Following a devastating fire in 1424, James I ordered the building on an ambitious scale. Subsequent kings added their own additions, and it took nearly 200 years to achieve it's final form. As a comfortable residence built on an impressive setting, it played a key role in the functions and presentation of royalty.
By 1600 (and the reign of King James VI of Scotland/I of England), the palace was in decline. The north range collapsed in 1607. Another fire struck in 1746 after the second Jacobite uprising. However, this fantastic display of opulent royal masonry still bears witness to the grand ambitions of Stewart monarchs.
|The Great Hall. I stood in the fireplace at the end, and my head did not touch.|
|The King's Bed Chamber|
|The Royal Kitchens|
|A privy hole--Linlithgow had an intricate sewer system|
|Me standing in a doorway into the courtyard (it was ccccold in May)|
|Linlithgow Courtyard gives a glimpse of the enormity of this palace|