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Malleny Garden
July 22, 2016, 2:26 pm
Filed under: Photographs, Scottish History | Tags: , ,

Malleny Garden 1Malleny Garden 2At Balerno, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, is a wonderful walled garden surrounded by woodland. Malleny Garden has around 150 varieties of rose including a National Collection of 19th century shrub roses.

The borders are wide and contain a large selection of shrubs and herbaceous perennials with two Victorian greenhouses sheltering some of the more tender plants.

Next to the garden stands Malleny House. The current house was built in 1637 but records of the site date back to 1330.

Four tall 400 year old yew trees, known as the Four Evengelists, dominate the entrance to the garden.

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Cairnpapple Hill
July 9, 2016, 10:47 am
Filed under: Scottish History, West Lothian | Tags: ,

Cairnpapple 1Cairnpapple Hill, to the north of Bathgate in West Lothian, is one of the most important prehistoric sites on mainland Scotland. The site was excavated in the 1940s by Professor Piggott of the University of Edinburgh. He discovered that the site had been in use from around 5,500 years ago.

Cairnpapple 2Traces of six hearths from that period were discovered but these were later covered by a henge monument consisting of a large oval bank surrounded by a ditch enclosing a ring of 24 wooden posts.

The wood has long since rotted away but the post holes can still be seen.

Cairnpapple 3The henge fell out of use around 4,000 years ago but the area continued to be used as a burial site.

Cairnpapple 4Several burial cists have been found but these were eventually covered by a large burial cairn measuring 30 metres in diameter. The 1940s excavation has now been partly covered by a concrete dome replicating one of the earlier cairns. Visitors can enter the cairn by means of a stepladder to see reconstructions of two of the early graves.

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