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There’s been a murder!

by StirlingCastle 17. February 2012 09:54

On 22nd February 1452 the body of Sir William, the 8th Earl of Douglas was found in the castle gardens covered in 26 stab wounds having been thrown from an upstairs window.

A special guided tour of one of Scotland’s most notorious historic crime scenes will take place to mark the anniversary of this very famous, if macabre episode in the castle’s history.

Castle Guide, Joe Bennett wilI lead an informative tour which will take in all the places linked to this dark deed and provide an enthralling insight into an event which changed history. Joe will also explain why part of the castle grounds are now known as the Douglas Gardens.

The tours will take place at 11am and 1pm on Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th and on the anniversary of the murder itself, Wednesday 22nd February.  The cost is included in the castle admission price.

Join us if you dare!


Eleanor Muir
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Family Fun at Stirling Castle

by rpaterson 13. February 2012 14:00

With the school break now in full swing we have plenty of activities on offer this week to keep all the family entertained.  Tomorrow (Tuesday 14th) we have a drop in session with the Castle’s Artist in Residence Iona Leishman, who to celebrate Valentines day will be helping people make their own card.  Iona has been inspired by the romance of the castle and those of its residents and will be inviting people to an open session in her studio between 10.00am & 11.30 am.  Later in the week (16th & 17th) we have hand-puppet history where families can join us for tales from Scottish History.  Janette the witch will put a spell on you with her magical powers whilst Hamish the Highlander will capture imagination with his story of the Jacobites.  As usual we’ll have our guided tours of the castle and Argyll’s Lodging as well as our costumed characters in the palace so if you’re looking for inspiration to keep the whole family entertained over the school holidays look no further.

Eleanor Muir
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