Friday, 19 February 2010

"THE HISTORY OF EDINBURGH CASTLE"

Staying on the theme of History, I was lucky, I grew up in a Historical City boasting many things to see, all within walking distance, today I am going to talk about EDINBURGH CASTLE.


I visited the Castle a few times in my youth but never really appreciated it in its entirety and beauty, we all imagine it as a centre piece for post cards, someone visits Edinburgh and they are sure to send you a post card with the Castle being the attraction, but what do you know about it?


My first job leaving school was in Edinburgh Castle, I was 15 , lucky to get my National Insurance card because I had not quite officially left school so I was terrified I wouldn't be able to start ,thankfully it all worked out in the end.


I worked in the tourist cafe for one year, yes not the most interesting jobs in the world but it was, the folks I met the stories I was told was unbelievable because having lived in the City all my life and being a young guy I thought I knew everything about the City History but how wrong one can be.


Edinburgh castle is as old as 340 million years when it was first created out of volcanic rock, it became a fortress  around  AD 600 it was first called  "Din Eidyn  A fortress on the rock.


The ownership of the castle was to and from from Scotland and England Edward 1rst captured it around 1296, then the Scots reclaimed it under "Robert the Bruce" then the English and again the Scots lol a lot of battles over a castle.
In 1326 David the second rebuilt the castle and died in it around 1371. the tower in the castle was named after him.
In 1457  the huge Gun, cannon called "mons meg" arrived then James the fourth built the great Hall.
In 1494 the sceptre and the Sword of state were presented to James the fourth by the then popes of Rome, finally the crown was made and presented to James the fifth.
In 1571 there was a land siege and davids tower was demolished in the battle.
In 1574 the castle was agian reconstructed and other defences put in place to make it more secure and ready for any battles which may ensue.
In 1615 the palace is renovated to celebrate the fiftieth year of reign of King James the fifth of Scotland.
In 1633 King Charles was the last monarch to sleep in the castle before his coronation.

In 1650 Oliver Cromwell took over the castle after the execution of Charles 1rst.
In 1651 the crown and sceptre belonging to the former King are buried in Kincardinshire so Cromwell would not get his hands on it.

In 1689 forces loyal to the exiled James V11 tried to take back the Castle from the then sovereigns William and Mary but were defeated.
In 1715  The third rebellion of the jacobite  army nearly break through the castles defences.
In 1745  "Prince Charles" "bonnie Prince Charlie" and his fifth jacobite rebellion fail again to penetrate and capture the castle and this was the last seige against the castle.

Now this is a part I had no idea about....

The seven year War  American war of Independance, the French revolutionary war and the naponeonic wars
ALL prisoners were held in Edinburgh Castle  did YOU know that?

In 1818 a monument was made for Sir Walter Scott famous Scot novelist and put on display.
In 1822 George IV visits the castle the first monarch to do so in 189 years.
In 1829 "Mons Meg" is returned to the castle from London.
In 1861 was the first ever "one oclock gun" signal, still going today every day at 1pm...
In 1887  the castle is regenerated and modernized by a famous architect.


In 1927 the National war museum is opened.
In 1941 the treasures of the castle are buried in case of German occupation.
In 1950 Edinburgh Castle hosts its first MILITARY TATTOO and is still going today a must see if you visit Edinburgh.
In 1996 the "stone of destiny is returned to the castle" and is now on display
In 1998 the Castle is deemed as the most important building in Scottish heritage.

Edinburgh Castle boasts 1.25 million visitors a year, wow, thats a lot of people.









I hope you enjoyed this historical visit to Edinburgh castle and its history..







6 comments:

  1. That was so interesting William! Thank you for sharing it!

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  2. Wonderfully written Billy, I really enjoyed reading this history lesson. Thank you for sharing it with us. I learned something this morning over my cup of coffee that I did not know. I would love to go visit Edinburgh and the castle some day. The world is full of history and I love learning about it. I didn't feel that way about history when I was younger and in school. I sure missed out on a lot. I once had a teacher that said you can see the world just by reading. Once again thanks for sharing this information.

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  3. 340 MILLION YEARS!!! Are you kiddin me??
    It looks fabs!

    You know you make me feel ashamed of myself. I have lived in Delhi (India) for more than a decade and I have no idea about so many of its historical monuments...i havent even visited many of them!

    Thanks for sharing this :)

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  4. I don't live far from Edinburgh as you know but have only been to the castle once. It was in 2001, during the last family holiday I spent with my dad before he passed on. Just me and dad went inside the castle and that was a priceless hour and a half that I'll never get again. Thank you for bringing that beautiful memory back to me.

    CJ xx

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  5. We didn't live far from it did we dadda! Great view of the fireworks at new years from our bedroom window's haha :D best view i had was standing on top of arthur seat watching teh fireworks tho! Loved it. I love our historical city!

    <3 Love steph

    x X x

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  6. That was so interesting William! Thank you for sharing it!

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