Tuesdays Taste of Edinburgh – Around Holyrood

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Here is this weeks collection of delightfully old Edinburgh buildings. They are scattered around the Holyrood area at the foot of the Royal Mile, and I took them last week before we headed off up north.

This area is one of the oldest parts of Edinburgh, and there are buildings from quite a few periods in history clustered closely together. It’s not hard to imagine ladies in long dresses swishing along these cobbles, and men with swords hanging from their sides striding through the doorways. There have also been a few notorious murders here in the past, the most well known was the assassination of Mary Queen of Scots first husband, Lord Darnley.

They had been unhappily married for four years, when his house was blown up, and he was found murdered in the garden. The Queen was implicated, but to me it reads of an obvious set up. I’m certain that had she wanted rid of her husband she could have found a more subtle approach to his demise. However as is the way, it was used as propaganda against her by those who coveted the power of the throne.

Lord Bothwell was probably responsible, and its likely he raped the Queen and then forced her to marry him. Power can bring out the worst in human nature, but I’m always left feeling so sad for beautiful Queen Mary who was not properly protected by her Lords because they were all too busy squabbling over power.

Tales like these pull us into the human drama of history, and remind us that for all our outward advances we are very little changed in our natures. The buildings echo with the sounds of the past as a reminder that emotions can drive us powerfully into behaviour which we might come to regret. Pausing and letting the emotions flow through and on can help to release us from what feels like a powerful grip. Breathing and thinking before acting can help us

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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30 Responses to Tuesdays Taste of Edinburgh – Around Holyrood

  1. ladyfi says:

    Spring is there! How lovely.

  2. Amy says:

    Beautiful photos for this part of the Edinburgh. Thank you for your the sharing the history. Queen Mary had such a sad life…

  3. i shall have to bring a gown to match, the day i come visit, so i can look like i belong in these streets and houses. and a flowy one for standing on top of mountains. 🙂

  4. londoncab53 says:

    Seonaid, I love the photos and the bit of history. I’ve been interested in Scotland since I discovered the Melrose line in my father’s family history. I haven’t had a chance to go north yet. I will enjoy reading and seeing some of it through your blog until then.
    Thanks for posting!

    • So glad you’re enjoying the blog and the photos. I’m sure you will eventually be tempted north of the border, and you will love what you find 🙂 Until then I’ll look forward to seeing you here on my blog! (Melrose is a beautiful place by the way)

  5. Su Leslie says:

    Thanks for my wee dose of home!

  6. Always enjoy reading your posts—informative and insightful. Beautiful pictures. The line “reminds us that for all our outward advances we are very little changed in our natures” hit me like a splash of cold water for being honestly true.

  7. eldinsmille says:

    This Edinburgh seems very pretty.
    I always love the name of that city because it reminds me on my name!
    My cousin have name Edin so he always said that Edinburgh is “his” city!
    Edin is very common Bosnian name! Eldin is not!

    • You know that the old name for Edinburgh is Dun Edin, which literally means Edin’s Fort, so I suppose your brother is right, it was his namesakes city. Edin was a mighty warrior who is mentioned in one of the oldest known British poem alongside King Arthur, and he and his warriors marched out of Edinburgh…..

      • eldinsmille says:

        Wow!
        I will tell him that!
        Thanks!
        Ach ai the noo!

      • Lol….I’m sure you know that nobody actually says that 🙂

      • eldinsmille says:

        Except my friend William McCroock from Adgurh (or something like that) He told me that no one say it but him and his old gradpa who fought in WWII with “bloody krauts”
        He wears kilt all the time and drink a lot. He is my very good friend!

      • He sounds like a wonderful character! Larger than life…..and that is certainly true of lots of Scots!

      • eldinsmille says:

        Oh yeah!
        In Bosnia, there is a “RAKIJA” (homemade brandy with alcohol 50+) from every fruit that you can imagine (that grows in huge quantities in Bosnia) and there is one called Viljamovka (it sounds like William´s brandy) and he is always drinking that. Viljamovka is 62 C of alcohol! And he is always in the mood for more of that Viljamovka. (Google it!)
        I must say that he is, as you say, “larger than life” and his son in called Odin Casagemas McCrook!

  8. Colline says:

    I have read the story of Mary, Queen of Scotland. It is truly a sad one as she never really had the chance to live a happy and fulfilled life.

  9. nuvofelt says:

    We love visiting Edinburgh, sadly visits also mean running the gauntlet with relatives 😉 This would also more or less qualify as 100 steps! http://chittlechattle.com/todays-100/

    • Oh relatives can be such a blessing and such a curse, but really you should visit the city more often 🙂 I will tag back to 100 steps, and I’m sure almost all my posts could be linked to your lovely challenge 🙂

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