Stirling Castle: Distant context view showing location high on a volcanic crag



The Royal Palace (ca. 1540) is the main building visible in this view.

Castle in Central region, Scotland. It was built overlooking the River Forth at a strategically important junction of routes by both land and water, where there was the additional advantage of a high volcanic outcrop as a natural setting for the royal castle required to defend these routes. The first references to a castle are from the reign of Alexander I (reigned 1107-1124), who is known to have built a chapel there. The oldest extant building is the North Gate from ca. 1381. Architecturally the castle reached its apogee during the reigns of James IV (reigned 1488-1513), James V (reigned 1513-1542) and James VI (reigned 1576-1625). The Royal Palace was completed ca. 1542.


Attribute NameValues
  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Castles

  • Architecture

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Sixteenth century

  • Renaissance

  • Gothic (Medieval)

Place of Creation
  • +56.12313-3.94666

  • Stirling

  • Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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Architectural Lantern Slides of United Kingdom


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