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What was Ed­in­burgh like dur­ing the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots? In 1544, she was only two years old, so her king­dom was be­ing ruled by re­gents, but Scot­land’s cap­i­tal was cer­tainly not in its in­fancy. Us­ing the Vir­tual Binoc­u­lars app or the web­site ver­sion at https://tinyurl.com/ y7ete­jsg, we can see that it was a thriv­ing city. The es­sen­tial lay­out of the city is fa­mil­iar, ar­ranged around a royal mile that cul­mi­nated in Holy­rood Palace but many as­pects are dif­fer­ent. The palace that stands to­day is a baroque struc­ture, whilst the palace of 1544 was gothic in style. In the back­ground, we can see the Abbey, fully in­tact, when to­day it is merely a ruin. This vi­su­al­i­sa­tion al­lows you to look around your­self, a bit like Google Street View ( www. google.com/streetview). We have a lot of in­for­ma­tion about this pe­riod be­cause of a sur­viv­ing map by mil­i­tary en­gi­neer Richard Lee who charted the city prior to an English in­va­sion in 1544.

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