Old Photograph Gypsy King Kirk Yetholm Scotland

Old photograph of Charles Faa Blythe the Gypsy King in Kirk Yetholm, Scottish Borders, Scotland. Queen Esther Faa Blythe, perhaps the most famous Gypsy monarch of all, took up residence in the Gypsy Palace on November 16th 1861. After Queen Esther’s death in 1883, the Gypsy Palace was renovated by the local wool manufacturer and owner of much of the village, Peter Govanlock. Queen Esther’s son, Charles Faa Blythe continued to live in the Palace though 15 years were to pass before his coronation as the new Gypsy King. The coronation took place on May 30th 1898 and was a huge event with over 10,000 people descending on Kirk Yetholm. King Charles II, as he was known, continued to live in the Gypsy Palace until his death just four years later.

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