Tower is situated in the town of the same name, six or seven miles
from Stirling, and two from Alloa. The tower belonged to David
II, who gifted it in 1859 to his cousin Robert Bruce, in the possession
of whose descendants it remained until 1791. King Robert Bruce
is also said to have resided here, and his sword and helmet were
preserved in the tower until the Bruce family died out, when they
were transferred to the Earl of Elgin, as the nearest of kin.
The old Jacobito lady, Mrs. Bruce, who knighted Robert Burns with
the sword of Bruce, resided here.
The tower is of peculiar construction. The original keep, which
has a gabled roof, eventually became too small, and another
wing was built on to the south, which is higher than the original
structure. This addition has an embrasured parapet with open
machicolations and rounded corners, giveing the structure
a very martial air.
Scottish castles and Tower Houses evolved as fortified dwellings that were erected in an environment of weak royal authority and feuding between rival clans. They demonstrated a strong and highly successful design that formed the core of many larger structures. Many of them continued to be inhabited long after the threat of unwanted visitors had diminished and remain excellently preserved for visitors and historians. This book examines these castles and Tower Houses, focusing on their distinctive style that flourished in Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries. Castles and Tower Houses of the Scottish Clans 1450-1650 (Fortress).
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