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Spynie Palace, oblique aerial view, taken from the SE, centred on the Bishop's Palace.

SC 800178

Description Spynie Palace, oblique aerial view, taken from the SE, centred on the Bishop's Palace.

Date 10/8/1995

Collection RCAHMS Aerial Photography

Catalogue Number SC 800178

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 52975 CN

Scope and Content Aerial view of Spynie Palace, Moray This aerial view from the south-south-east, taken in 1995, shows the 15th-century David's Tower on the left, with remains of the Chapel Tower in the bottom right corner. Diagonally opposite is the kitchen tower, with the site of the great hall to its right. Note the thickness of the walls of David's Tower, named after David Stewart, bishop in 1461-77. The present buildings date mainly from the second half of the 15th century, and include the largest tower-house in Scotland (David's Tower), a chapel tower, and a kitchen tower, at the angles of a courtyard which contains a great hall and other buildings. The palace came into State care in 1973, and has been consolidated. Now in the care of Historic Scotland, it is open to the public. Spynie Palace was the home of the bishops of Moray. Both cathedral and bishops' palace were at Spynie in the early 13th century, when the palace was on the edge of a sea loch, which subsequently silted up. The cathedral moved to Elgin in 1224, but Spynie remained the bishops' palace, intermittently, until 1689. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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