When Thomas Pennant’s A Tour in Scotland MDCCLXXII was published in 1774, it set a new standard in travel literature.
The engraving of Linlithgow Palace is but one of many in this 1790 edition. Linlithgow, 15 miles west of Edinburgh, was for many years the principal residence of the monarchs of Scotland. It was also the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Destroyed by the army of the Duke of Cumberland in 1746, the Palace has since been conserved and is now managed by Historic Scotland.
According to legend, the ghost of Mary of Guise, mother to Mary Queen of Scots, haunts the Palace.
Thomas Pennant, A Tour in Scotland. MDCCLXXII. Part II. London: Printed for Benjamin White, 1790.
‘Linlithgow Palace’, Stirling. From John Parker Lawson’s Scotland Delineated. London: Day and Son, 1858.