Linlithgow Palace History:
1100s - there is a Royal Manor on this
1242 - the Church of St Michael is
completed here for King David I.
1300s - the English forces of Edward I
take control of the area and build a fort
close to where the Palace now stands. The
fort was used as a military base between
Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle.
1424 - many buildings in Linlithgow are
destroyed by a vast fire with St Michaels
Church partialy ruined.
1424 - King James I Stewart begins the
building of the Palace as the largest Royal
Palace in Scotland. Work to restore the
church begins in the same year.
1453 - King James II took Blackness
Castle from the Crichton's. This castle
is situated 4 miles north of Linlithgow
Place, with a harbour on the Firth of
1530s - Linlithgow Palace is completed
after many Royals added to the original
The Palaces at Edinburgh and Stirling
castles were much smaller, as they were
contained inside the castle walls. They were
still used, especially during conflicts.
1540 - restoration of the Church of St
Michael is complete.
1542 - Mary, Queen of Scots is born in
Linlithgow Palace and baptised in St Michaels
1603 - King James VI, son of Mary Queen of
Scots, becomes king of England and Scotland,
leading to the Royals mainly living in
England from that time.
1607 - the north range of the Palace
1618 to 1622 - restoration work is carried
out for King James VI.
1633 - King Charles I Stuart stays one
night at the Palace, the last reigning
monarch to do so.
1640s - the Palace fell into disrepair
with only parts being inhabited by the Earl
1678 - Holyrood Palace is completed
in Edinburgh, about 1 mile north of Edinburgh
Castle, becoming the main Royal residence in
1714 - Queen Anne Stuart dies without
leaving an heir. Her German cousin George I
Hanover became king of Great Britain, leading
1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlie Stuart
visited Linlithgow Palace during the Jacobite
wars to have the Stuart's returned to the
throne, but never stayed at the Palace.
1746 January - the Palace was left as a
ruin by the army of George II Hanover, as
they set about ending the Jocobite
1746 April - Hanover troops defeat the
Jacobites at the Battle
The Hanoverians went on to rule Britain
untill the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.
Her successor was her son Edward VII of the
House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, from his
fathers side. Saxe-Coburg and Gotha has been
known as the House of
Windsor since World War One.
Linlithgow Palace has remained an
impresive ruin since 1746.
Today - Linlithgow Palace is maintained
and run as a visitor attraction by Historic
The grounds around the palace and loch are
free to use with many people using the
grounds for walking, jogging and cycling.
There is a small fee to tour the inside of