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2015 Thanksgiving in Edinburgh, Scotland

Despite cold, windy, rainy weather, we enjoyed Thanksgiving weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland.  How do you pronounce the city’s name?  It isn’t Edinburgh (does not rhyme with Pittsburgh), and it isn’t Edinboro. It seems the correct way is “Edinburra“ – the gh is dropped and you add a bit of a rolled “r” to the back.

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland.
001_201511.27 Edinburgh Castle (2)

Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, traditionally used in the coronation of Scottish rulers.
002_201511.27 Edinburgh Castle view (9)

View of Edinburgh from castle
002b_201511.27 Edinburgh Castle - Cannons (3)

St. Margaret’s Chapel within Edinburgh Castle, is the oldest building in Edinburgh.
002c_201511.27 Edinburgh Castle - St Margarets Chapel (8)

Edinburgh Castle
002d_201511.27 Edinburgh Castle (3)

Edinburgh Castle at night
003_201511.27 Edinburgh Castle by Night (3)

Palace of Holyroodhouse is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining and has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century.
005_201511.27 Edinburgh - Palace of Holyroodhouse (8)

Holyrood Abbey was founded in 1128 by King David I. The abbey church was used as a parish church until the 17th century, and has been ruined since the 18th century.
006_201511.27 Edinburgh - Palace of Holyroodhouse (10)

Inside the Palace of Holyroodhouse, we toured the 17th-century former King's apartments and Great Gallery, and the 16th-century apartments in the north-west tower. (no photos allowed)
007_201511.27 Edinburgh - Palace of Holyroodhouse (12)

Writers Museum presents the lives of three of the foremost Scottish writers: Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
009_201511.28 Edinburgh - Writers Museum (5)

Gillis Center, a Catholic facility, was our lodging while in Edinburgh.  The history of the site dates back to the 15th century.
010_201511.27 Edinburgh Gillis Center (4)

Golf Tavern (oldest surviving golf club house in the world) dates back to 1456.
011_201511.27 Edinburgh-Golf Tavern 1456 (2)

Home of John Knox, a Scottish clergyman, theologian and writer, who was a leader of the Protestant Reformation and is considered the founder of the Presbyterian denomination in Scotland.
014_201511.28 Edinburgh - John Knox home (2)

We found it sad that John Knox is buried under parking space No. 23 in the parking lot behind St. Giles Cathedral. This internet photo by Kim Traynor is clearer than the one we took. 
015_201511.28 Edinburgh - Grave of John Knox, Parliament Square, Edinburgh by Kim Traynor (1)

St. Giles Cathedral has been one of Edinburgh's religious focal points for approximately 900 years. It is sometimes regarded as the "Mother Church of Presbyterianism".
016_201511.28 Edinburgh St Giles Cathedral

Suzanna on The Royal Mile
017_201511.28 Edinburgh - Suzie and Christmas Tree (2)

We enjoyed a wonderful church service at St. Coumba’s Free Church, Edinburgh.
018_201511.29 Edinburgh - St Columba's Church (1)

Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on 14 January 1872.
019_201511.29 Greyfriars Bobby Statue (2)

Richard “McHanham” is proud of his Scottish heritage.
020_201511.26 Richard McHanham


Scotland - Nov 15