NT2573 : Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

taken 10 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
In 1457, King James II was presented with two massive siege guns by his uncle by marriage, Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. The surviving gun is now called Mons Meg and it is displayed in Edinburgh Castle. ("Meg" in Scotland is one of the short forms of "Margaret").

Made in Mons in Belgium it fired missiles weighing 330lbs (150kg) over two and a half miles.

It saw action against the English at the siege of Norham Castle in 1497. But its great weight (over six tons) meant that it could only be moved at the rate of three miles a day so it was retired and used only on ceremonial occasions.

Of note - James II besieged Roxburgh Castle in 1460. On 3rd August, one of his cannon exploded and the King was killed.
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Thursday, 12 July, 2007   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 25 July, 2007
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Castle > Castle   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 252 735 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.9215N 3:11.9498W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 252 735
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