Monday, 29 December 2008

A week of castles: Day 1 - Four Scottish castles

Unposted and undated but it looks as if it could date from the 1980s.

Top left - Inverness
Bottom left - Stirling
Top right - Balmoral
Bottom right - Edinburgh

The present Inverness Castle was built in 1836 very close to the site of a former castle, a wooden structure built in the 11th century. Supposedly this is where Macbeth murdered Duncan, though there is no evidence for that.

Stirling Castle has been covered in an earlier post.

Balmoral Castle was purchased by Queen Victoria and is the place where the British Royal family frequently takes summer holidays. It was originally built as a home in 1390, on the site of a former hunting lodge owned by King Robert II. The Queen was in residence in Balmoral at the time of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Edinburgh Castle has also featured in a postcard on its own and appears in an earlier post.

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  1. Very nice blog.Keep up the good work.
    God bless.

  2. Sheila,
    I second the previous comment.
    And I do like these composite cards, especially of buildings. Many were produced in the 80's.
    Looking at Balmoral Castle I get a hunch why the queen delayed her return to London after Diana's tragic death. That hulking old cold stone country palace would reek of ancesters and untimely tragedy. Balmoral would be the perfect place to mourn.
    The best to you and yours in the New Year, Kris.

  3. and four I've not been too! Though I do mourn the original Balmoral against the Victorian extravaganza version!


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