The reason for our visit to Dunblane the week before last was to meet up with Friend-über-Special, her mum, Star, and husband, Bear. They had come over from the Eastern USA that morning and we met up for afternoon tea/coffee before wandering around the cathedral cemetery which was only ten yards from the hotel. First job was a group photo -
I haven't been able to find the missing words from the stone below. I wonder if the rhyme was made especially for this gravestone.
Friend-über-Special and I both love taking photos of cemeteries and gravestones.
The biter bit...
It's over there....
or over there....
or down there....
I often don't sleep that well at night so I wandered out of the hotel in the early hours and took some photos by the light of the cathedral spotlights.
There will be more of Dunblane once all my photos are edited.
Library, the oldest purpose-built library in Scotland, was founded on the
collection of Robert Leighton, Bishop of Dunblane, 1661-1670, later Archbishop
of Glasgow, 1670-1674. In his will, Leighton left a sum of money for the
building of the library for use by the clergy of Dunblane diocese.
is situated close by Dunblane Cathedral and was built in part from fallen stone
from the nearby ruined Bishop's Palace. The total cost of the library was £
162-2s-6d. Leighton had retired to Sussex, where he died, and his books were
transported by horse and cart and by sea before being installed in the
completed library. The building is a two storey construction with the books
situated in a single room lined with presses on the first floor. This is accessed by the original external
staircase. The lower floor, or undercroft, originally functioned as the living
quarters for the first librarian.
originally housed the books bequeathed to it by Robert Leighton, numbering
around 1400. The original presses, above, hold Leighton’s
books. The third shelf down shows the 'paperbacks' of the time - i.e. books bound in vellum rather than leather.
Still to be seen in the library are
"Twelve chairs of turkie red lether",
part of the original bequest.
Leighton's books have been added to over the years so that the library now houses
around 4,500 volumes printed in 89 languages, including Greek, Persian, Syrian
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