Linlithgow Palace – Inktense Pencils/Watercolour on a Watercolour Moleskine

Linlithgow Palace is about 20 miles west of Edinburgh. It overlooks Linlithgow Loch and this scene was painted from the far side of this stretch of water. It is now a ruined structure maintained by Historic Scotland. The history of this place is fascinating. Both James V and Mary, Queen of Scots were born in the palace, James in 1512 and Mary in 1542. After the Union of the Crowns, in 1603 the palace was neglected and was largely destroyed by the Duke of Cumberland in 1745 towards the end of the second “main” Jacobite uprising.

I’ve visited this place a few times and am always impressed at the sheer scale of what is left. It is almost completely built of large stone blocks which must weigh a few hundred pounds each. It is marvellous how our ancestors built this structure. The various rooms are well described by Historic Scotland, with drawings of how they must have looked. I find it deeply moving to stand in the Royal Apartments where Mary was born over 450 years ago. The story of Mary, Queen of Scots, is well documented and worth reading to understand the history of Scotland. She has a special place in the hearts of many Scots, even to this day.