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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. III


THE PALACE BURNED AND REPAIRED. 73 ~ gesse !?? Then the castle fired a salute, while silver was scattered to the multitude. Three years afterwards the king and court had departed, and Holyrood was consigned to silence and gloom. On James VI. re-visiting Scotland in 1617, the palace was fitted up for him with considerable splendour, but his project of putting up statues of the apostles in the chapel caused great excitement in the city. Taylor, the Water-poet, who was at Holyrood in the following year, states that he ~~ the gardens known as Queen Mary?s sundial, although the cyphers of Charles, his queen, and eldest son appear upon it. Cromwell quartered a body of his infantry in the palace, and by accident they set it on fire, on the 13th November, 1650, when it wzs destroyed, all save the Tower of James V., with its furniture and decorations. Of this palace a drawing by Gordon of Rothiemay has been preserved, which shows the main entrance to have been where we find it HOLYROOD PALACE AKD ABBEY CHURCH, FROM THE SOUTH-EAST. saw this legend over the royal arms at the gate : CC4Nobis hec invicta misanf 106 proovi.? I inquired what the English of it was. It was told me as followeth, which I thought worthy to be recorded : -6 106 foreJ&%ws h i e I& this to ux unconpumed..? ? When Charles I. visited Edinburgh, in 1633, the magistrates employed the famous Jameson to paint portraits of the Scottish monarchs, and, imitative of his master Rubens, he wore his hat when Charles I. sat to him ; but it is probable that after the latter?s last visit, in 1641, the palace must have become somewhat dilapidated, otherwise Cromwell would have taken up his residence there. The improvements effected by Charles were considerable, and among other memorials of his residence still remaining, is the beautiful dial in 68 now. Round embattled towers flank it, with bow windows in them, and above the grand gate are the royal arms of Scotland. On either side is a large range of buildings having great windows ; and the now empty panels in the Tower of James V. appear to have been filled in with armorial bearings, doubtless destroyed by Cromwell. In his map of 1657 the same artist shows a louyingdn-stone in the centre of the palace yard. The palace was rebuilt to a certain extent, by order of Cromwell, in 1658, but the whole of his work, at the Restoration, was pulled down by royal warrant two years after, as the work ? built by the usurper, and doth darken the court? Engrafted on the part that survived the conflagration, and designed, it is said, after the noble
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