I found this on Facebook. Would love to see Holyrood Palace in person. My great grandfather, King David, founded it.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the Monarch of the United Kingdom in Scotland. Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end toEdinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining.
Holyrood Abbey was founded by David I, King of Scots, in 1128, and the abbey’s position close to Edinburgh Castle meant that it was often visited by Scotland’s monarchs, who were lodged in the guest house situated to the west of the abbey cloister. James IV constructed a new palace adjacent to the abbey in the early 16th century, and James V made additions to the palace, including the present north-west tower. Holyrood Palace was re-constructed in its present form between 1671 and 1679 to the Baroque design of the architect Sir William Bruce, forming four wings around a central courtyard, with a west front linking the 16th-century north-west tower with a matching south-west tower. The Queen’s Gallery was built adjacent to the palace and opened to the public in 2002 to exhibit works of art from the Royal Collection.
Queen Elizabeth II spends one week in residence at Holyrood Palace at the beginning of each summer, where she carries out a range of official engagements and ceremonies. The 16th century Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots and the State Apartments, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public throughout the year, except when members of the Royal Family are in residence.
Scottish broad sword
The basked hilted broadsword (Gaelic: claidheamh leathann) was used by the clans from the sixteenth century, when the use of fire arms made armour and consequently heavy weapons like the claymore obsolete, because it could be wielded with one hand and was more versatile in battle. Later on the military were also issued with this style of sword, but this was known as the backsword (claidheamh cùil), as the blade was only sharpened on one side.
Took this image in Holyrood Palace.
- Walking the Royal Mile (SCT ’10 Prt 5) (habitualrunaway.wordpress.com)
- Cold Steel Scottish Broadsword Review and Demonstration (taoistmasterblog.com)
- God Forbid that we should feel Scottish! (auldacquaintance.wordpress.com)