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Sunday, 22 May 2011

THE BIG SCOTTISH RALLY


Toddy's Detecting Digs Are Proud To Present

THE BIG SCOTTISH RALLY

ANCIENT LINLITHGOW
Weekend 30th Sept - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Oct 2011

I have secured 3 -4 adjoining farms in on the edge of Two Ancient Burghs and a Village. Linlithgow , Boness & Blackness amounting to nearly 800 acres. The area is packed full of history from pre Roman. The area is famed as being the end of the Antonine Wall. 
Linlithgow is a beautifull part of Scotland with an abundance of B&Bs. Loads of buses to Edinburgh city centre which is very near.

This is going to be Scotland's BIGGEST EVER RALLY in its detecting history and in a fantastic area so be a part of it and if its succesfull we will do it again. 

We will have a
Large Marquee
Large Camping area(FREE)
Toilets On Site
Traders.
Treasure Trove
...more Info soon

For more information e-mail Toddy Irvine
nmdshop@googlemail.com

Linlithgow Palace stands on a low green promontory overlooking a small inland loch. The name Linlithgow means ‘the loch in the damp hollow’. The location has a history of occupation reaching back at least to Roman times 2,000 years ago. David I (1124–53) was the first monarch to build a royal residence on the site. He also founded the town that sprang up in its shadow.

The peace of Linlithgow was shattered in 1296 when Edward I of England invaded Scotland. In 1302 the ‘Hammer of the Scots’ had a formidable defence built around the royal residence. He called it his ‘pele’ (from Old French pel, meaning ‘stake’). Nothing of Linlithgow Peel survives, but the word now describes the attractive parkland surrounding the later palace of the Stewarts.

The majestic royal palace of the Stewarts at Linlithgow today lies roofless and ruined. Yet the visitor still feels a sense of awe on entering its gates. It was begun by James I in 1424, rising like a phoenix from the flames following a fire that devastated its predecessor. It became a truly elegant ‘pleasure palace’, and a welcome stopping-place for the royal family along the busy road linking Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle.

The Stewart queens especially liked its tranquillity and fresh air. The ancient palace served as the royal nursery for James V (born 1512), Mary Queen of Scots (born 1542) and Princess Elizabeth (born 1596), better known as ‘the Winter Queen’. But after 1603, when James VI moved the royal court to London following his coronation as James I of England, the palace fell quickly into decline. The end came ignominiously in September 1745, when a fire swept through the ghostly rooms.

n 1424 a great fire swept through the town. The old palace was badly damaged. James I (1406–37) started to build anew. Over the course of the next century and more, his heirs completed the great task. The end result was a monumentally impressive quadrangular palace, with four ranges grouped around a central courtyard. At its centre stood James V’s wonderful fountain (1538). James I’s great hall dominated the east quarter, whilst the royal chapel and royal apartments added by James IV (1488–1513) graced the south and west quarters. The north quarter came crashing to the ground in 1607, and was rebuilt by James VI (1567–1625). Alas, that quarter probably housed the queen’s apartment, meaning that the room where Mary Queen of Scots was born in December 1542 no longer exists.

Treasurehunting.tv have no involvement in this rally, and are merely bringing your attention to its existence. Please contact organisers for full details.

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