[MR] Wikipedia: Edinburgh Castle

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 25 02:10:54 PST 2023

Noble Friends, Especially Fellow Scots,

Today's featured picture on Wikipedia's home page shows Edinburgh Castle.
The photo is a mid-to-late 19th century image by George Washington Wilson
that includes part of the Grassmarket commercial area looking upward at the
castle perched upon Castle Rock: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page .

Castle Rock has probably been fortified since the bronze age, and was the
seat of the Kings and Queens of Scots from at least the 12th century until
1633. Like most important Scottish castles, it was slighted after Robert
the Bruce redeemed the country's independence from England in the early
1300s (to keep the English from re-occupying them). Only Saint Margaret's
chapel was left standing in the castle precinct (it is still there!). Most
of the current castle is a post-16th century gun fort, rebuilt after being
bombarded into rubble in 1573 during the civil war which ousted Mary Queen
of Scots.

Today Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland's major tourist attractions. Its
esplanade is the scene of the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a grand
show featuring military drill, massed pipe bands and lots of patriotic flag
waving. The castle also houses the Honors of Scotland, meaning the Scottish
crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny (aka the Stone of Scone).

More about Edinburgh Castle is at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh_Castle . Note that the 19th century
photo and the color view to the right of the above linked page were taken
at approximately the same place. My, how things have changed.

Edinburgh Castle's own web site is at https://www.edinburghcastle.scot .

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge 🦆
A proud Scot

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