NT2471 : Merchiston Tower

taken 8 years ago, near to Morningside, Edinburgh, Great Britain

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Merchiston Tower
Merchiston Tower
Classic L-shaped tower-house on the edge of Edinburgh's burgh muir. Like many tower-houses, it is popularly styled a 'Castle', although the Stewart monarchs explicitly forbade Scottish nobles to build castles - they were permitted only to fortify their houses. It was the romantically-minded Victorians with their passion for all things mediaeval who labelled every form of fortification or castellated building a 'castle', whether it was an iron-age hillfort or a castellated Balmoral-style country house.

"There are in Scotland for the most part two strongholds to every league, intended both as a defence against a foreign foe, and to meet the first outbreak of a civil war."
-- John Major, History of Greater Britain, 1521
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 6 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 6 July, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 242 718 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.0016N 3:12.8434W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 242 718
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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