Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, or informally Holyrood Palace, founded as a monastery by David I of Scotland in 1128, has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scotland since the 15th century. The Palace stands in Edinburgh at the bottom of the Royal Mile.

Holyrood is an anglicisation of the Scots Haly Ruid (Holy Cross).





In the 15th century a guesthouse stood on the site of the present north range of the Palace, west of the Abbey and its cloister. Many of Scotland’s medieval Kings stayed here before the palace’s construction, and by the late 15th century Holyrood was a royal residence in all but name; James II was born there in 1430, crowned there, married there, and buried there. Between 1498 and 1501, James IV constructed a new building, with Holyrood becoming a palace in the true sense of the word (see Palace).
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