Sketch of brass canon inscribed Louis Charles de Bourbon, bought from France for the use of the Rebels & left at Stirling
Sketch of 18th century brass canon found at Stirling Castle. The earliest use of cannon is not known however it is thought to have been introduced some time during the the 14th century, and from this point its use spread rapidly. It is known that cannon were used in battle by the Scots to defend Stirling Castle in 1341 but how effective these early canon would have been is uncertain. The Grand Battery at Stirling castle, from where the cannon were fired faces north, across the River Forth.