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Linlithgow Palace Fore Entrance, Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland. Linlithgow Palace is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian, Scotland, has had a long association with royalty. King David I founded the burgh and a royal manor house existed there in the 12th century and in 1301 King Edward I of England stayed there with his invading army while supporting the claim of John Balliol to the Scottish throne. In 1424 most of the town of Linlithgow was destroyed by fire and King James I, who had just returned from exile in England, began the palace that we see today. In 1461 the Palace was used as a residence for King Henry VI of England after he had been overthrown by King Edward IV. Mary Queen of Scots was also born at Linlithgow.

St Michaels Parish Church, Linlithgow, Scotland. St. Michael's Parish Church is one of the largest burgh churches in the Church of  Scotland. King David I of Scotland granted a charter for the establishment of the church in 1138. The church was built on the site of an older church and was consecrated in 1242. Following a fire in 1424, most of the present building dates from the mid 15th century, with extensive restorations in the 19th century. Mary Queen of Scots was born in Linlithgow Palace on 8th December 1542 and was baptised in St Michael’s Church.

Linlithgow Town House, West Lothian, Scotland. At the heart of Linlithgow town is the open area in front of the magnificent Town House, built in 1668 to replace a building destroyed by Oliver Cromwell in 1650. Here you find the Cross Well, built in 1807 as a copy of its 1628 predecessor.

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