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Stirling, Royal Gardens including King's Knot

A Scheduled Monument in Stirling West, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.1207 / 56°7'14"N

Longitude: -3.9491 / 3°56'56"W

OS Eastings: 278918

OS Northings: 693711

OS Grid: NS789937

Mapcode National: GBR 1C.L6S0

Mapcode Global: WH4P6.9FP3

Entry Name: Stirling, Royal Gardens including King's Knot

Scheduled Date: 22 February 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90288

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: garden

Location: Stirling

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Stirling West

Traditional County: Stirlingshire


The monument consists of the surviving physical remains of part of the royal gardens at the foot of Stirling Castle.

The remains take the form of two adjacent rectangular areas of earthworks, which formed the matrix of part of the royal gardens of Stirling Castle, as remodelled in 1628-9 for the home-coming of Charles I in 1633. The SE area has an octagonal stepped mound rising to a height of about 3m. The NW area, now partly clipped by Raploch Road, has the earthworks of a 4-compartment parterre.

The area to be scheduled includes the two adjacent areas described above, together with areas to the E and N, extending to the foot of the castle ridge, within which further evidence may survive. The area is bounded on the E by the base of the castle ridge, on the W by Raploch Road and Dumbarton Road and on the SE by Royal Gardens, and measures a maximum of 680m NNW-SSE by 330m E-W, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is the most extensive and best'preserved example of a royal garden of the Renaissance period in Scotland, and gives physical evidence for an important phase in the development of landscape and gardens design in the context of the highest levels of society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Designation TypeGarden & Designed LandscapeStatusDesignated

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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