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Linlithgow, West Lothian

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Linlithgow, West Lothian

Linlithgow is a Royal Burgh in West Lothian, Scotland. An ancient town, it lies south of its two most prominent landmarks: Linlithgow Palace and Linlithgow Loch, and north of the Union Canal. The town's coat of arms shows a black dog, chained to an oak tree, which grows on an island. Linlithgow's patron saint is Saint Michael and its motto is St. Michael is kinde to straingers.
Administrative CountyWest Lothian
Traditional CountyWest Lothian
OS GridNT0076
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityLothian and Borders
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLothian and Borders
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLothian and Borders
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01506

Other names by which Linlithgow, West Lothian has been known in the past

Linlithquo ~ Lithgow ~ Lithquo

Linlithgow, West Lothian in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Linlithgow, parl. and royal burgh, par., and co. town of Linlithgowshire, on S. side of Linlithgow Loch, 3 miles S. of Firth of Forth, 17½ W. of Edinburgh, and 396 NW. of London by rail - par., 11,450 ac., pop. 5619; royal burgh, pop. 3729; parl. burgh, police burgh, and town, pop. 3913; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Marketday, Friday. Linlithgow was a royal burgh, with a royal castle and an endowed church, in the reign of David I. Its chief antiquity is Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of James V. and of Mary Queen of Scots, and the finest ruin of its kind in Scotland. A little S. of the palace is St Michael's Church, a Gothic building mainly of the 15th century. In 1570 the Regent Murray was assassinated in the High Street by Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh. The staple industries are tanning and shoemaking, with some papermaking; ½ mile SW. of town is Linlithgow Distillery; at NW. corner of Linlithgow Loch is a trout hatchery. Linlithgow is one of the Falkirk District of Parliamentary Burghs, which returns 1 member.

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