Holyrood Abbey

The Hazel Tree

Just to the side of the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a much older building, dark and glowering and impressive.  This is where the story began…

Holyrood House (C) 34There can be few places in Scotland that can remember as many monarchs as Holyrood’s Abbey Church.  This spectacular building, now reduced to a gaunt and rather forbidding shell, has witnessed the marriage of James IV to Margaret Tudor in 1503;  the marriage of their son, James V, to Marie of Guise in 1538;   the coronation of Anne of Denmark, wife of James VI, in 1590;  and the Scottish coronation of Charles I in 1633.   Some, like James II, were born at Holyrood long before the Palace even came into existence;  and this particular James was also crowned, married and buried here.

Why ‘Holyrood’?

The Chapel Royal in the Reign of James VII (II of England) The Chapel Royal in the Reign of James VII (II of England)

“Margaret… brought with her to Scotland a cross of…

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