1138 - King David I helped fund the building
of the original St Michael's Church.
1301 - King Edward I of England took control
of Linlithgow, building a large Wooden Castle
around the Royal Manor. This was during the
First War of
Scottish Independence, 1296 - 1328, a time
Scotland had no King and England tried to gain
1314 - the Scots defeated the English at the
Battle of Bannockburn, leading to
Robert the Bruce becoming King of Scotland. The
English Castle at Linlithgow was removed at
1424 - many of the buildings in Linlithgow
were damaged by fire, including the Royal Manor
and St Michael's Church.
1424 - the earliest parts of Linlithgow
Palace were built for King James I.
1500s - the original Cross Well is built in
the Town Centre where Markets were held.
1530s - Linlithgow Palace was completed,
becoming the largest Royal Palace in
1540 - the restoration of St Michael's
Church is completed.
1542 - Mary Queen of Scots was born at
1640s - Linlithgow Palace starts to fall
1650 - forces of Oliver Cromwell destroyed
the Tolbooth in the centre of Linlithgow. The
English Civil War had spread into Scotland,
with Cromwell crushing Scots supporting the
1658 - Oliver Cromwell
died, with him being buried in Westminster
1660 - Charles II Stuart was restored as
King. Charles then had Cromwell's body dug up,
beheaded, and hung in chains.
1670 - the Burgh Halls were built in the
Town Centre overlooking the Cross Well, where
the Tolbooth once stood.
1821 - the Stone Crown on top of St
Michael's Church Tower had to be removed, as
the Tower had become unstable.
1822 - the Union Canal was
completed, connecting Falkirk, Linlithgow, and
1964 - an Aluminum Crown was erected on top
of St Michael's Church Tower.
1965 - the Union Canal was closed.
2001 - the Union Canal was re-opened for
recreation, with the Linlithgow Canal Centre
providing short Boat Trips along a section of
the Canal at Linlithgow.
2019 - I visited Linlithgow 3 times in the
one day to get Photos at different times of the
day, driving back and forth between Linlithgow
and Culross. Had fish and chips by
Linlithgow Loch in the evening while waiting on
a little bit of cloud clearing for the final
Photos of the day, across the Loch. May explain
the different sun angles in some of the