Skywatch Friday - Ladyhill


Old and new together - the mound of Ladyhill, Elgin, and the ubiquitous contrail in the sky. Ladyhill is the site of the castle of King Duncan, who lost in battle to Macbeth in 1040. The hummocks on the hill are where the ruins of the castle lie buried. The actual battle Duncan v. Macbeth was fought about a mile north east of Elgin, which lies in North East Scotland. I don't think Shakespeare ever visited researching his play, but Bonnie Prince Charlie did pass through on his travels, so like most of Scotland Elgin is fairly well steeped in history.

The monument on the hill top is nothing to do with Macbeth or Duncan, by the way. It commemorates the 5th Duke of Gordon, the first commander of the Gordon Highlanders regiment. The pillar was erected in 1839, and the Duke's statue made it to the top in 1855.

Other Skywatch photos are on the Skywatch Friday website.

Comments

  1. Excellent capture Linda, thanks for sharing.

    Cheers!
    Regina In Pictures

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  2. Love it. Nice blue skye with white lines ...
    You have so much history in your country, and I love reading about it.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Marit
    Norway

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  3. Lovely photo and very educational text. Thanks for both.

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  4. Lovely photo, and thanks for the brief history lesson. I love Sky Watch because it takes me all over the world. I enjoyed my visit here.

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  5. Super shot and great skywatch post.

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  6. Duke of Gordon will stay here for the posterity, braving the elements nowadays, rather than an army.
    Wonderful sky in its immensity.
    Bon week-end, Linda.

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  7. A beautiful blue sky in Scotland! And a little history to go - interesting! I have been to scotland twice - and enjoyed it both times! A special country, with special nature. And kind people! Both in the west and east coast. Thanks for sharing!
    Greetings from Norway!

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  8. That a wonderful shot of the monument. I am glad you were able to give a bit of the history to it!

    Mountain Retreat

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  9. Great capture and scene! :)

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  10. What a lovely view for SkyWatch! Thanks for the history lesson, too.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this great historical place.

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  12. This is so lovely and peaceful. It makes me want to climb the hill and watch the sun go down.

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  13. Beautiful pic of statue on the blue sky.

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  14. Lovely and enjoyed the history, too.

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  15. Nice shot ,I have been to Elgin years ago but i can't remember it !

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  16. thanks for the interesting history of the area ... enjoyed.
    like your shot...sky kind of casts a blueish tinge to the hills.

    have a wonderful weekend.

    erin

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  17. What a gorgeous photo - I can feel the cold from here!

    It looks like the Duke has a nice view!

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  18. A monumental photo in every way. Me likey.

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  19. A very interesting piece of history topped by an excellent image.
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  20. Thank you for sharing this wonderful photograph, along with the very interesting history lesson. Enjoyed both very much.

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  21. I pass this every day on my way to work!

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