Roslin Chapel; Interior
Photographer: Wilson, George Washington (1823-1893)
Medium: Photographic print
“There is no place in Scotland which fame for beauty and poetry has excited so lively a desire in the tourist to see, as Roslin and its neighbour Hawthornden; and the wish is easily gratified on the arrival at Edinburgh, for these celebrated spots are only about seven miles to the south of that city. But great is the wonder of the traveller as he advances in that direction…anon he comes to the edge of a deep and narrow valley, at the bottom of which runs a rapid stream, and the steep banks of this glade are varied by every charm of rocks and woods, and dwellings of past or present generations. Here stands the far-famed chapel, worthy of all its reputation, there perched at the brink of the deep and steep glen, the ruins of the ancient castle, with a modern house erected amongst them; and there a little farther is the classic abode of the poet Drummond; but far more interesting of the whole, from its unique architecture, is the chapel. This was founded in 1446, a period of exuberant ornament in church architecture, and this has a character of its own, one in which the genius of building and carving seems to have revelled in its most original mood.”
Excerpt from “Roslin Chapel and Castle”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain’ by William and Mary Howitt.