Bishop's Palace round tower - SMC164

This is the round tower of the Bishop's Palace in Kirkwall, Orkney. The tower was built when Bishop Reid rebuilt the palace in the mid-sixteenth century.

Though the exterior of the tower is round, the internal rooms were rectangular. A spiral staircase is contained within the wall. The parapet would originally have been roofed with a square

Bishop of Orkney from 1541-1558, Robert Reid was a successful statesmen and counsellor of King James V.

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