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Photographic copy of plan of outer defences showing building phases, Stirling Castle.

SC 800319

Description Photographic copy of plan of outer defences showing building phases, Stirling Castle.

Date c. 1950

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 800319

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of STD 136/29 P

Scope and Content Photographic copy of plan of outer defences, Stirling Castle, Stirling This plan, probably drawn in the 1950s by C S T Calder, shows the barracks level of the outer defences as remodelled in 1708-14 to designs by Theodore Dury. The Spur Battery, on the right, survives from 1559. The ditch in front of the 18th-century works contains two caponiers, from which attackers can be shot. The oldest surviving part of the castle dates from the late-14th century, and the palace constructed by James V is still largely intact. The Chapel Royal was added in 1594, and during the reign of Queen Anne the fortifications were upgraded. It remained in military use until the 1960s, and has since been much restored and opened to the public under the care of Historic Scotland. Stirling Castle is strategically situated on the best route by land between lowland and highland Scotland, and the rock on which it sits has probably been inhabited since prehistoric times. It was both fortress and royal palace, and has some of the best of both types of architecture in Scotland. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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