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A Coloured Plan, or Bird's Eye View, of the Town of Edinburgh

A Coloured Plan, or Bird's Eye View, of the Town of Edinburgh

Cartographer: [Lee, Richard ]

Medium: Ink and tempera on parchment

Date: 1544

Shelfmark: Cotton Augustus I.ii

Item number: f.56

Genre: Manuscript Map

This birds-eye view of Edinburgh shows the Royal Mile between the landmarks of Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood, which is annotated ‘the kyng of skotes palas’. English and Scottish topographic mapping developed differently and this map of Edinburgh was actually made by the English who attacked Edinburgh between 1544 and 1547. English troops can be seen marching in formation with the English flag. The campaign occurred because the Scots broke their promise to allow Mary Queen of Scots to marry Henry VIII’s son and heir Prince Edward. Significant destruction was caused to Edinburgh and much of southern Scotland. The campaign was led by Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford and 1st Duke of Somerset who had risen in Royal favour after his sister Jane married Henry in 1536.

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