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Stirling Castle, Scotland

Stirling Castle, Scotland

Artist: Walmsley, Thomas

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop L

Item number: 96.I

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the remains of the Forework Gatehouse of Stirling Castle in Scotland by Thomas Walmsley. Stirling Castle was one of the most strategically important castles in Scotland as it controlled access between northern and southern parts of the country. It is well protected on three sides by the high rock on which it stands. The gatehouse was built by King James IV between 1501 and 1506. Originally there would have been six towers, each twice as high as the two in this print. These towers would have been topped with conical shaped roofs. The gatehouse was damaged during a siege in 1650 and the towers were lowered in the early 18th century.

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