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
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).
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
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.
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.