John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Shandwick Place in Edinburgh, 1969.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Shandwick Place in Edinburgh, 1969.

In pictures: John Lennon's links to Scotland

In a letter written shortly before his death, John Lennon said he longed for Scotland more than his native England.

By David McLean
Tuesday, 8th December 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th December 2020, 4:27 pm

The late music icon had a deep affection for Scotland that persisted long after he left for New York in the early 1970s.

As a young boy, the future Beatle would often travel up from Liverpool to come and stay with his aunt and uncle in their terraced house in upmarket Murrayfield before heading up north to the family croft in Durness.

John even continued to visit at the height of Beatlemania; residing at his cousin Stan’s house in Currie after a famous Beatles show at Edinburgh’s ABC cinema in 1964.

Lennon’s last trip to Scotland in 1969 ended with an unexpected stay at the Lawson Memorial Hospital near Golspie. He had been travelling north in an Austin Maxi with wife Yoko, his son Julian and Yoko’s daughter Kyoko, when the car crashed near Loch Eriboll in Sutherland. All except Julian required stitches.

On the 40th anniversary of his tragic death, we take a look at 13 places north of the border that have a link to John Lennon.

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