We have just had the 150th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Wallace Monument.
The huge tower, along with the castle, give the Stirling skyline a magnificence all their own. Indeed, each year our visitors must take tens of thousands of photos of the monument from the ramparts.
The Wallace Monument is now such an important feature that it’s actually very difficult to imagine what the scene was like before it was built. But this lovely early 19th century drawing by Jane Graham, wife of the castle’s deputy governor, shows the view as it was seen by most people throughout history. I don’t know about you, but I find it looks a little bare and incomplete.
Matthew Shelley, Stirling Castle communications