Loch-Leven

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Good Morning from Scotland. 

Loch Leven in the morning light

Breaking the Silence by Jasmin Gerisch
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Good Morning from Scotland 

Loch Leven by Brian Hunter
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Loch Leven and the Green Isle.

It was half tempting to drive north or west today to share in the blue skies and snow that everyone seems to have been enjoying, but I’ll be honest….when my alarm went off this morning I just couldn’t be bothered ;-) So I stayed local instead, heading up Bishop Hill in Kinross-shire, and got a very milky sun over Loch Leven towards the end of the day. I even got <gasp> a warm face!! :)

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Loch Leven from Invercoe by steve coutts
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Glencoe Village, Argyle and Bute, Scotland.

Rest of Mary & Bothwell

According to Wikipedia…they really conjugated that last bit of the finale.

-James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, was generally believed to have orchestrated Darnley’s death, but he was acquitted of the charge in April 1567, and the following month he married Mary.

- Originally Mary believed that many nobles supported her marriage, but things soon turned sour between the newly elevated Bothwell (created Duke of Orkney) and his former peers, and the marriage proved to be deeply unpopular. Catholics considered the marriage unlawful, since they did not recognise Bothwell’s divorce or the validity of the Protestant service. Both Protestants and Catholics were shocked that Mary should marry the man accused of murdering her husband.[131] The marriage was tempestuous, and Mary became despondent.[132] Twenty-six Scottish peers, known as the confederate lords, turned against Mary and Bothwell, raising an army against them. Mary and Bothwell confronted the lords at Carberry Hill on 15 June, but there was no battle as Mary’s forces dwindled away through desertion during negotiations.[133] Bothwell was given safe passage from the field, and the lords took Mary to Edinburgh, where crowds of spectators denounced her as an adulteress and murderer.[134] The following night, she was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle, on an island in the middle of Loch Leven.[135] Between 20 and 23 July, Mary miscarried twins.[136] On 24 July, she was forced to abdicate in favour of her one-year-old son James.[137] Moray was made regent,[138] while Bothwell was driven into exile. He was imprisoned in Denmark, became insane and died in 1578.

I’m both kind of upset we didn’t get more of their relationship, and relieved cuz this would have hurt for sure.

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Benarty View by Tom Drysdale
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A favourite wee view of my home patch. Planning a seasonal series i think, first up (late) spring.