NT2673 : Cardinal Beaton tablet in the Cowgate

taken 7 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Cardinal Beaton tablet in the Cowgate
Cardinal Beaton tablet in the Cowgate
Edinburgh Town Council's decision to allow the house of Cardinal Beaton to be demolished in 1867 must surely rank as one of the most embarrassing clangers of all time, on a par with Decca turning down the Beatles in favour of Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. Right up until modern times the city could have easily placed a dead-cert double bet on two generators of tourist revenue: John Knox's House and Cardinal Beaton's House within a block of each other in the Old Town. Now the latter exists only in drawings, paintings and a few haunting images from the cameras of pioneering Victorian photographers. LinkExternal link

"From King's Street* to north and south extend numberless lesser streets, all adorned with imposing buildings, such, for example, as the Cowgate** where the nobility and the chief men of the city reside, and in which are the palaces of the officers of state, and where is nothing mean or tasteless, but all is magnificent." -- Sebastian Münster, Cosmographia 1544 [translated by Hume Brown]

*Regia Via = High Street; **Via Vaccarum
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NT2673, 1940 images   (more nearby )
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Sunday, 4 July, 2010   (more nearby)
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Monday, 5 July, 2010
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Tablet   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 260 735 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.9402N 3:11.1241W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 260 735
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