If you happen to be in Edinburgh on the Sunday nearest 11 November, go to High Street (part of the Royal Mile) before 10 a.m. to see the laying of the wreathes to commemmorate those who were killed in the First and Second World Wars and later conflicts. It's a moving but also a picturesque spectacle, and it has its funny moments too. At the end of the ceremony, the Scots Guards present arms, long knives in this case, (which must have a name I am sure) as if aiming them at the onlookers. You should see people's terrified faces. I hope I haven't spoilt that moment for you.
For a few days before Remembrance Sunday, many people wear red poppies on their lapels and there is a lot of street bagpipe music around on that day.
1424 AD, James I returns from England.
With new found confidence and spending power he sets about demonstrating the power of the Stewart Kings:
Linlithgow Palace, the great carthusian monastry at Perth and great halls in Edinburgh and Stirling Castles, creating palaces within, completed by James IV (1488-1513).
A navel race with England results in the building of the "Michael", half as big again as the English warship, "Mary Rose".
Mary Queen of Scots (1542-67)
James VI (1567-1625)
All part of the Stewart Dynasty.
More was spent on running the royal households than in capital expenditure on building projects. They were no longer warlords but Courtiers.
This was followed by the Reformation of 1560. More on that later. Is anyone going to read this?
Princes Street in the downtown area has many buskers, including mimes, bagpipe players and acrobats. See also the videoclips.
While walking around in Edinburgh, you should come across people playing bagpipes. It is worth to take your time to listen for a while.
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