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 ~Buildings of Scotland~

  THE AREA now known as Scotland has been inhabited for a long, long time. And, like any tract of land with a long history of habitation it has - spread across it and up-and-down, from the top of Shetland to the depths of Galloway - Historic Buildings, old and new. 

At Sandwick, on Unst, the northernmost island of the Shetland Isles, a team of archaeologists and volunteers is excavating a prehistoric building eroding out of the dunes, before it is claimed by the sea. 

And, down on the raised beaches north of Monreith some of the earliest evidence of human occupation in Galloway was found, dating back to 6000BC 

Most of the very old building works are eroded by time, and ravaged by new peoples to furnish materials for their own huts and hovels; houses and hostelries; habitations high and handsome. Some of the very old archaeology survives, but what is more recognisable to most are the more modern buildings like, say - Edinburgh Castle, where building started in the 12th Century AD (though the main building was started much later, around the late 1400's and early 1500's).

A CREEL HOUSE - thought to have been used from the middle ages right up to the 1800s

In keeping with the philosophy of our wee website/ e- magazine, we want to introduce to you, as well as some of the finer and better-kent edifices, a mixture of some of the lesser-known but fine examples of the wide range of Scots Buildings; where some were built for Power, some for Pomp, some for Play - and some, just for living in.

The Creel House above was where the principal tenant in a Scots Township of the early 1700s lived; this would probably have been the best house in such a small community, and this photograph is of an accurate reconstruction in the township of Bailie Gean, recreated in the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore. 

This building has six internal plus two end bays, where the several generations of a family lived, along with their cattle and chickens at one end. There was a central living area with an open hearth below a hole in the roof to let the smoke out - though an awful lot of the smoke stayed inside. The sleeping accomodation would be box beds, in this up-market edifice, and the other end would have the "guid room" for special occasions and posh visitors.


 Then there's Falkland Palace, in the historic Fife village of Falkland - once the country residence of Stuart Kings and Queens. Not quite so modest as the Creel House, the Palace was built between 1501 and 1541 by James lV and James V, replacing earlier 12th century buildings .It had extensive Royal Apartments, and a separate section for the hereditary Keeper; this section is lived in by the Keepers to this day, but the Royal Apartments were destroyed during the Civil War.

FALKLAND PALACE, seat of Kings and Queens

 

There is enough of the original building left to give a real flavour and feel for the grandeur of it in it's heyday, though - and the original Real Tennis Court survives in the extensive Gardens.

 

 

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