Edinburgh in the Spring 2006 - Sunday Visit to Traquair House
On the Sunday after the Makars' Court stone laying ceremony we had a visit to Traquair House - said to be the oldest inhabited building in the country and steeped in history. It is known to date back to at least 1107. It was for a few years owned by court musician William Rodger, our Whistle Willie from the House of Niccolo series.
These are some photographs taken during the day.
Arrival at Traquair House on a perfect Spring morning
Cupid Garden at the side of the house
Arms of Mary Queen of Scots who stayed in the house with the infant James VI
A harpsichord dated 1651 and still in working order
The view down to the house from the old drive.
The one in use since Charles Edward Stewart left the house is still called the "temporary drive"
One of the children of Catherine Maxwell Stewart, the present lady of the house, with her pony and dog
Back to Edinburgh where Princes St Gardens basked in the Spring evening sun
The view back up the drive to the Bear Gates in the far distance
Scottish carved oak door dated 1601. The initials LVH are those of the fifth Baron Herries
A section of 17th century painted ceiling
One of our least favourite characters - Henry Darnley, son of Margaret Lennox
An illustrated bible
During the trip we also stopped briefly at St Mary's Loch