Falkland Palace - 'Palace of Falkland'

A view of the courtyard of Falkland Palace, with coaches, horsemen and troops (and dogs). Here is an example of a prospect that wasn't exactly accurate: the figures are out of scale with the building, for example.

If you compare this view with Slezer's view of Falkland from the east you'll find that the east wing (on the left here) is shown as partly ruined. This was due to a fire during Oliver Cromwell's occupation in 1652.

Image from Theatrum Scotiae by John Slezer, 1693.

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  Read what Robert Sibbald wrote in Theatrum Scotiae about Falkland


To the Right Honourable Anthony Viscount of Falkland, &c. One of the Lords Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of England, and One of their Majesties Most Honourable Privy Council, in the said Kingdom.


Falkland is a pretty little Town in the Sheriffdom of Fife. At the Foot of Lomon Hill, there is a stately Palace, which King James the V. caused to be built for a retiring Place, it being most convenient also for Hunting.

The King's Park and a Wood are adjacent to it, into which, as also into the Plain towards the East, it hath a most pleasant Prospect. The Marquess of Athol is Hereditary Keeper of this Palace, and hath a considerable Rent by the neighbouring Lands and Stewardry. It gives the Title of Viscount to the Family of Falkland.

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