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Historic Buildings of Stirlingshire, Scotland

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Historic Buildings of Stirlingshire

Historic County of Scotland

Now Stirling which includes part of Perthshire

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The object of this project is to provide information about historic buildings in the county of Stirlingshire, with links to sub-projects for specific buildings as appropriate. GENi profiles of people associated with those establishments can be linked to this project and/or to individual projects where they have been set up.

Historic Buildings of Stirlingshire

... in alphabetical order

❊ Indicates an available image in Gallery attached to the project

Including Castles, Abbeys, Manor Houses, Mansions, Stately Homes, Country houses, Estate houses, Courts, Halls, Parks and other listed buildings of historic interest


  • Airth Castle
  • Almond Castle
  • Arnfinlay Castle
  • Arnprior Castle
  • Auchenbowie House


  • Balcastle
  • Balcorrach Castle
  • Balfron motte
  • Ballagan Castle
  • Bannockburn House
  • Bardowie Castle
  • Bencloich Tower
  • Blairlogie Castle
  • Boquhan Tower
  • Brokentower
  • Bruce’s Castle
  • Buchanan Castle


  • Callendar House
  • Cambuskenneth Abbey - first known known as the Abbey of St Mary of Stirling was founded in or about 1140 /1147 by David I. The communit followed the Augustinian rule, but as a daughter-house of the church of St Nicholas, Arrouaise, no doubt observed the more rigorous constitutions of the order of Arrouaise for as long as the connection with the mother-house was maintained. Due to the scarcity of remains and there being little documentary evidence it is impossible to say much of the architectural development of the site. The ruins that exist today suggest that the main period of building activity was in the 13th century. An extensive reconstruction seems to have been carried out in late medieval times; at the Reformation the Abbey is said to have been "ruined and casqt down" and was soon put to use as a quarry. By 1559 there were few monks remaining there, and the abbey was closed and most of the buildings looted and burned. The abbey was placed under the jurisdiction of the military governor of Stirling Castle, who had much of the stonework removed and used in construction projects in the castle. The site was excavated in 1864 under the direction of William Mackison, Town Architect of Stirling, and he restored the free-standing bell-tower at the same time. This, standing complete, is 64' (3 storeys) high. The remainder of the Abbey buildings are now mostly only foundations. The measures taken to preserve these foundations, revealed in 1864, have substantially altered their character, and much of the masonry visible today is comparatively recent. Royalty, including Edward Longshanks (King of England) and later Robert the Bruce (King of Scots), prayed regularly at the abbey. Bruce held his parliament there in 1326 to confirm the succession of his son David II. In 1486 Margaret of Denmark died at Stirling Castle and was buried at the abbey. In 1488 her husband James III was murdered at the Battle of Sauchieburn and his body was brought to Cambuskenneth Abbey for burial. The elaborate marker of his grave, which was funded by Queen Victoria, is still visible at one end of the church. The abbey was acquired by the crown in 1908, and it is managed by Historic Scotland. The abbey is open to visitors during the summer months. Visitors can enter the base room of the campanile; the stairs to the upper floors are locked, but are opened for visitors on occasion.
  • Carnock House
  • Castle Cary
  • Castle Hill
  • Castle of Craigbarnet
  • Castle Rankine
  • Castlehill motte
  • Castlehill motte
  • Colzium Castle
  • Compston
  • Craigbarnet
  • Craigmaddie Castle
  • Culcreuch Castle


  • Duchray Castle
  • Dunipace Castle
  • Dunipace motte
  • Duntreath Castle


  • Edinbellie
  • Elphinstone Tower


  • Fintry Castle
  • Fintry motte


  • Gargunnock House
  • Gartincaber
  • Gartness Castle
  • Glenbervie House


  • Herbertshire Castle


  • Keir Knowe of Drum
  • Keir of Cashley motte
  • Kilsyth Castle
  • Kippen Castle


  • Maiden Castle
  • Maiden Castle
  • Manor Castle
  • Motte Of Seabegs
  • Mugdock Castle


  • Old Leckie
  • Old Sauchie


  • Peel of Buchanan
  • Peel of Claggans
  • Plean Tower


  • Sir John de Graham’s Castle
  • Skaithmuir Tower
  • Slamannan motte
  • Stenhouse
  • Stirling Castle ❊ one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland. The castle sits on Castle Hill, surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A few structures of the fourteenth century remain, while the outer defences fronting the town date from the early eighteenth century. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542. There have been at least eight sieges of Stirling Castle, including several during the Wars of Scottish Independence, with the last being in 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take the castle. Stirling Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and is now a tourist attraction managed by Historic Scotland. Sub-project needed


  • Torwood Castle
  • Touch House
  • Tower of Garden


  • Woodhead House

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