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Stirling Castle History Scotland

Set high on its striking volcanic rock, Stirling Castle has been the scene of some of the most dramatic events in Scottish history, culminating in the unsuccessful siege by Bonnie Prince Charlie 200 years ago. It was the last siege of a castle on the British mainland. This text provides the reader with a tour of this historical site and evokes the changing life of the castle and its human dramas. It is a survey of a site which, strategically, was perhaps the most important in the whole of Scotland. It concentrates on the castle's construction, highlighting its pre-eminence from the 12th century and its development and strategic importance over the next 700 years. It also looks at the building of the magnificent royal residence during the 16th century by James IV, James V and James VI, and examines the adaptation of the castle as a major fortress in the 17th and 18th centuries. Stirling Castle (Historic Scotland).


Stirling Castle is one of the most important royal and military structures in Scotland. It Great Hall was a prestigious ceremonial space that witnessed many of the most ostentatious and turbulent events of the Stewart period and was later converted to a military headquarters. The withdrawal of the army from the castle in the 1960s began a major campaign of renovation which was to last over thirty years. This book traces the eventful history of the Great Hall from its original construction to its recent renovation, as well as assessing its architectural influences and development, and the practical decisions and dilemmas involved in its renovation. Stirling Castle: The Restoration of the Great Hall (Research Report).

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