The History of Leith

October 5, 2012

The abbey became a species of palace

On the 5th April, 1391, King Robert III., under
his great seal, granted a charter to the Abbey of
Holyrood, confirming the charter of David II. to
the abbey, dated 3oth December, 1343. It is dated
at Edinburgh. When the abbey became a species
of palace has never been distinctly ascertained,
but Robert III. appears sometimes to have made
Holyrood his residence. James I. occasionally
kept his court there; and in the abbey his queen
was delivered of twin princes, on the I6th October,
1416—Alexander, who died, and James, afterwards
second of that name.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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