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TITLE
Inverness
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_914_117_P007
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
1852
PERIOD
1770s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31349
KEYWORDS
towns
cities
battles
capitals
buildings
churches
cathedrals
rivers
lochs
canals
Inverness

Inverness lies at the head of the Great Glen on the banks of the River Ness. It is often referred to as the capital of the Highlands.

It was established as a Royal Burgh by King David in 1158. It also has associations with Macbeth, who built a castle in the town.

Inverness was involved in the 1745 Jacobite Rising, culminating in the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The coming of the Caledonian Canal in 1822 was another major influence on the town. The only British Cabinet meeting to be held outside London took place in Inverness Town House in 1921 when Ireland rejected the King and Empire while Lloyd George was on holiday in Wester Ross.

Because of its involvement in so much of Scotland's violent history, few of the early buildings survive and much of the architecture dates from the 19th century.

Inverness was granted city status in 2000 as one of three Millennium Cities. It had not previously been a city due to the lack of spires on its Cathedral.

This illustration was taken from 'Boswell's Journal of the Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson' (1852 edition)

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Inverness

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1770s

towns; cities; battles; capitals; buildings; churches; cathedrals; rivers; lochs; canals

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Inverness lies at the head of the Great Glen on the banks of the River Ness. It is often referred to as the capital of the Highlands. <br /> <br /> It was established as a Royal Burgh by King David in 1158. It also has associations with Macbeth, who built a castle in the town. <br /> <br /> Inverness was involved in the 1745 Jacobite Rising, culminating in the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The coming of the Caledonian Canal in 1822 was another major influence on the town. The only British Cabinet meeting to be held outside London took place in Inverness Town House in 1921 when Ireland rejected the King and Empire while Lloyd George was on holiday in Wester Ross. <br /> <br /> Because of its involvement in so much of Scotland's violent history, few of the early buildings survive and much of the architecture dates from the 19th century. <br /> <br /> Inverness was granted city status in 2000 as one of three Millennium Cities. It had not previously been a city due to the lack of spires on its Cathedral.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Boswell's Journal of the Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson' (1852 edition)