Linlithgow Palace – Birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots

I have often passed through Linlithgow on the train when travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh and decided that it was time to stop at this historic town to visit the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in Linlithgow Palace.

This impressive building can be seen as the train approaches the station and it is only a short walk from there to the palace. The palace is now a ruin, but is still worth visiting because of its historical significance. It is managed by Historic Scotland, a government body. At the height of its splendour, the palace was one of the finest in Europe.
St Michael’s Church Spire
The modern main entrance was built for King James V around 1535 and
gave access to the ‘peel’ or outer enclosure surrounding the palace. Above the
arch are carved the arms of the four European Orders of Chivalry to which James V belonged: the Garter, bestowed by his uncle Henry VIII of England, the Thistle, which James himself founded, the Golden Fleece, given him by the Emperor Charles V and St Michael by Francis I of France. 
Next to the entrance is St Michael’s Church, which was used as a place of worship by Scottish Kings and Queens. Mary Queen of Scots was baptised there. The aluminium crown at the top of the tower was built in 1964 and represents the crown of thorns placed on the head of Christ by the Roman soldiers just before his crucifixion.
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4 thoughts on “Linlithgow Palace – Birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots

  1. jmgoyder July 16, 2012 / 2:32 am

    You posts are so fascinating – I love the history.

    • janeslog July 16, 2012 / 7:07 am

      Thanks. There are a lot of interesting buildings near where I live. Going with the walking club to Renton prehistoric fort next week unless the weather gets too bad them it is off to Isle of Arran.

      • jmgoyder July 16, 2012 / 7:10 am

        I get a vicarious excitement reading your posts as Australia is such a young country (in the colonisations sense) but also such an old country (in the Aboriginal sense)

      • janeslog July 16, 2012 / 7:25 pm

        There are plenty of interesting buildings in Scotland. I hope to arrange a trip to St Andrews, Dunfermline Abbey and the border towns including Melrose and Hawick.

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