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Stirling, 41 St John Street, Bruce Of Auchenbowie's House

Tenement (16th Century)

Site Name Stirling, 41 St John Street, Bruce Of Auchenbowie's House

Classification Tenement (16th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Bothwell House

Canmore ID 160434

Site Number NS79SE 216

NGR NS 79246 93680

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Stirling
  • Parish Stirling
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Stirling
  • Former County Stirlingshire

Architecture Notes

NS79SE 216 79246 93680

NS79SE 66 79254 93676 39 St John Street, Bruce of Auchenbowie's House

(NS 7925 9368) Bruce of Auchenbowie's House measures 45'8" by 21', a wheel-stair projecting 4'10" into the street; it stands three storeys and an attic high. Above the ground floor, which consists of two barrel-vaulted cellars separated by a through passage, the fabric has been extensively restored; the roof has been re-slated; the stair-tower now has a penthouse type roof; the windows have been enlarged or restored. The house was originally built in the 16th century. It is traditionally associated with the family of Bruce of Auchenbowie.

RCAHMS 1963, visited 1954.

This house is as described. It is in the care of DoE and is known as Bothwell House.

Visited by OS(JP) 6 December 1973.


Publication Account (1978)

Located near Cowane's Hospital, the townhouse of the Bruces of Auchenbowie is the most important surviving domestic building in St. John Street. The house itself was probably built in the sixteenth century although it has been considerably altered both internally and externally, so much so that it is difficult to assign a precise date to it. There remains only a stretch of rubble wall traditionally known as the King's Stables. The building, possibly of seventeenth century date, is located on the south side of King's Stables Lane above its junction with St. Mary's Wynd (RCAHM, 1963, 300).

Information from Scottish Burgh Survey, ‘Historic Stirling: The Archaeological Implications of Development’, (1978).


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