N.W. View of Stirling Castle from Gowan Hill
Medium: Ink wash on paper
Stirling Castle was one of the most important strongholds in medieval Scotland. The castle stands on a rock 250 feet above the town of Stirling. The nearby Stirling Bridge was the only practical place to cross the River Forth and this meant that Stirling Castle controlled access between northern and southern Scotland. Many important and historic events have taken place at Stirling Castle such as the murder of the eighth Earl of Douglas by King James II and the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots.