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