Edinburgh-Queen Mary’s Bath House

July 2014:   One can’t visit Edinburgh without learning about Mary Queen of Scots and  Hollyrood Palace.  Queen Mary’s Bath House is highly unusual and dates from the last quarter of the 16th century . Although the original function of this distinctive building remains uncertain, it was most probably a garden pavilion for the then newly created North privy gardens within the grounds of the palace of Holyrood house. It  was once attached to the former privy garden and palace wall.  The sign on the adjacent gate reads:

This little two-storeyed building is traditionally associated with Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1567).  It was once attached to a boundary wall encloseing the King’s Privy Garden and served as a Pavilion or Summer House.   Where the Royal Family might relax whilst strolling in the garden.  Whether it ever contained a bath is unknown.

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