Sunday, July 7, 2013

UK Trip #10: Holyrood House: A Horrible History, a Still Bloody Floor, and a Residual Haunting

Tom outside Holyrood's front door
This is our continuing adventure through Holyrood House Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland. This blog will share a horrible history, a still bloody floor, and a residual haunting!
Rob in one of the interior courtyards

The Murder of Rizzio, by John Opie
A HORRIBLE HISTORY - Mary, Queen of Scots had a secretary from Italy, by the name of David Rizzio. (sometimes he's referred to as David Riccio or David Rizzo (Contemporary accounts describe him as ugly, short and hunch-backed), He was born in 1533 and met a horrible end there on Holyrood House on March 9, 1566. Rizzio was an Italian courtier before becoming the Queen's secretary. Mary's husband, Lord Darnley was a very jealous man, and listened to rumors that David made the queen pregnant (apparently not true). This was a conspiracy of Protestant nobles, led by Patrick Ruthven, 3rd Lord Ruthven and Lord Darnley with Ruthven conspired to murder Rizzio The murder was the catalyst for the downfall of Darnley and had serious consequences for Mary's subsequent career.

  A STILL-BLOODY FLOOR - 447 Years Later
The rebels, led by Patrick Ruthven, 3rd Lord Ruthven,   burst into the Queen's private dining room and dragged Rizzio out, and stabbed him 56 times near a window in the next room.
   It was there that we saw a large blood stain on the wooden floor, 447 years later!  You can actually see the red stain on the wooden floor. Unfortunately, no photographs were allowed in Holyroodhouse, but I did find one on line (credit: that shows the blood stain!
    After Rizzio was stabbed, the rebels threw his body down  the main staircase and stripped of his jewels and fine clothes. He was buried within two hours in the cemetery of Holyrood.

A RESIDUAL HAUNTING - Frightening and emotional events like Rizzio's murder leave a "thumbprint" of energy behind. So, it was no surprise that we felt residual energy. We both felt anxiety and heart palpitations. It was the same feeling that David Rizzio felt when the rebels were trying to drag him into the other room where they slayed him.

NEXT: Holyrood's Destroyed Abbey

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next