Linlithgow

Linlithgow location in Scotland
Population: 13,423

Linlithgow sits around tweny miles west of Edinburgh on the main rail line to Glasgow. The town has existed since at least the 12th century and it grew through servicing the palace, it was an administrative center and industries such as linen manufacture and the cattle trade thrived here. The main road to Stirling and the north passed through Linlithgow before the Forth road and rail bridges were built.

The town is dominated by the ruin of Linlithgow Palace which sits at its heart in front of the loch. The Palace was added to by successive kings throughout the Stewart dynasty and Mary, Queen of Scots was born here in 1542. There is also the adjacent St Michael's Parish Church which was first established on this site in 1138 and is one of the largest burgh churches in Scotland.

It is an important spot historically and was occupied by Edward I in 1298 on his way to defeat Wallace at Falkirk. Edward II stayed at the palace in 1310 but after the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 it fell back into Scottish hands. Cromwell also occupied the town in 1650 and both Bonnie Prince Charlie and his pursuer the Duke of Cumberland stayed at the palace in 1746.

Nowadays Linlithgow is a popular commuter town and tourist destination.



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