Linlithgow Palace fountain.The fountain, in the courtyard at the palace was commissioned by James V in 1537, possibly to welcome his new French queen.
In 1633 the fountain flowed for a visit by Charles I and it is said that it flowed with wine when Bonnie Prince Charlie visited the palace in 1745. When the palace burnt down in 1746, the fountain seemed to have suffered because it was a clear symbol of Stewart kingship.
In 2007 the fountain was restored by Historic Scotland, so that water can now flow through it again, although it is not kept running because of the risk of erosion. The whole 5m-high structure of the 16th century fountain was completely dismantled and put together again. Historic Scotland said the fountain looks as impressive as in the days of James V but it will only run with water on “special occasions” to avoid damage.
I’ve visited three or four times in the last few years and have still to see it working.