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.

Tuesday, 8th December 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th December 2020, 4:27 pm
John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Shandwick Place in Edinburgh, 1969.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Shandwick Place in Edinburgh, 1969.

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.

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John's Aunt Mather and Uncle Bert Sutherland's house at 15 Ormidale Terrace, where the Beatles song Rain was reportedly written.

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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Alloa Town Hall, where the Beatles, then named the Silver Beetles, played their first ever show in front of an audience, supporting singer Johnny Gentle, in May 1960.

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Bryce Crescent in the Edinburgh suburb of Currie, where John's cousin Stan Parkes lived in the 1960s. John spent the night here after a Beatles show at the Capital's ABC cinema in April 1964.
John was said to have frequented the Roxy Cinema in Gorgie Road while in Edinburgh during his childhood. The cinema has since been closed down and converted into accommodation.
On one trip to Edinburgh in the late 1950s, John is said to have been given a harmonica by a bus driver who took it from the lost and found box at St Andrew Square Bus Station. The harmonica is thought to have been used on the Beatles' early hits including Love Me Do.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Shandwick Place in Edinburgh, 1969. John reportedly visited Lizars on Shandwick Place and purchased a pair of binoculars for his trip north to Durness.
The croft overlooking Durness in Sutherland once used by the Lennon family. The croft was owned by John's uncle-in-law Bert Sutherland and as a youngster the late music icon would visit often.
The single track road from Tongue to Hope near Loch Eribol, where John Lennon, Yoko Ono, John's son Julian and Yoko's daughter Kyoko crashed their Austin Maxi in 1969. They had been en route to the family croft in Durness, Sutherland.
The Lawson Memorial Hospital near Golspie, where John Lennon, Yoko Ono, John's son Julian and Yoko's daughter Kyoko were treated following their crash in an Austin Maxi on the road to Durness in 1969.
Smoo Cave, the large sea cave in Durness in Sutherland, where a young John Lennon would go exploring with his cousin Stan Parkes when they were youngsters.
The John Lennon memorial in Durness, which recognises the former Beatle's familial links and childhood visits to the Sutherland region.
In an audio diary recorded in 1979, John expressed his love for the Edinburgh Tattoo and pledged to take son Sean to see it in 1981.
Lord Provost Duncan Weatherstone with the Beatles before their show at the ABC cinema (now an Odeon) in Edinburgh in April 1964. L-R: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison.