Stirling and Central Scotland

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Stirling and Central Scotland straddles the divisions between Highland and Lowland, rural and industrial Scotland. Castles range from Stirling, its fortifications enclosing a Renaissance palace of international significance, to the strongholds of medieval magnates at Doune, Blackness and Castle Campbell, from tower houses at Clackmannan and Alloa to the Georgian barracks complex of Dumbarton. Many buildings fully explained for the first time include Kinneil House, which developed from tower, to palace of the Regent of Scotland to Restoration showhouse; and the huge spread of Callendar House, aggrandized over four centuries with many changes of dress. Other major houses include Bannockburn House, with its superb plasterwork, and the eighteenth century mansions of Strathleven House, Touch House and Robert Adam's castellated villa of Airthrey Castle. Dunblane Cathedral and Stirling's Church of the Holy Rude magnificently represent medieval churches while post-Reformation successors range from the rural simplicity of Baldernock to the sumptuously fitted Alloa West Church. The buildings of the many towns and picturesque villages are just as varied, from Stirling's medieval Old Town, to the Victorian townscapes of Alloa and Falkirk, the prosperous villadom of Bearsden and Lenzie, and the redevelopment of blitzed Clydebank. Industrial memories of the collieries, mills, shipyards and ironworks are also recalled, not least by the contrast between the workers' housing and the industrialists' mansions. Notable twentieth century buildings include the boomerang-shaped Bannockburn High School, the University of Stirling's lakeside campus and the evocative development of Lomond Shores while the twenty-first century has opened with construction of the Millennium Wheel at Falkirk.

John Gifford read history at Oxford before successively carrying out research for this series and working as an Inspector of Historic Buildings in the Scottish Office. Since 1980 he has been in charge of the Buildings of Scotland Research Unit. He is co-author of Edinburgh, author of Dumfries and Galloway, Fife and Highland and Islands, and is working on volumes covering Perth and Kinross and Dundee and Angus for this series. He has also published a biography of William Adam. John Gifford has been a committee member of the Scottish Georgian Society (now the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland) and a member of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Frank Arneil Walker studied at the Glasgow School of Architecture. He is an architect and for many years lectured in architectural history at the University of Strathclyde where he obtained his doctorate and is now Professor Emeritus. He has written on a variety of topics including Baronial architecture, the development of urban form in Scotland, fin-de-siecle architecture in Central Europe, and is author or contributing author of some twenty books including Argyll and Bute in the Buildings of Scotland series. He was appointed an OBE in 2002.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300095944
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Pevsner Architectural Guides Series
  • Pages: 936
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 1.99 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Text Figures and Maps x
Arrangement of the Gazetteer xii
Access to Buildings xiii
Acknowledgements for the Plates xiv
Foreword xv
Geology 1
Prehistoric and Early Historic Stirling and Central Scotland 9
The Romans in Stirling and Central Scotland 12
The Early Christian Period in Stirling and Central Scotland 15
Medieval Churches 17
Post-Reformation Churches 22
Mausolea, Monuments and Statues 35
Castles and Tower-Houses 42
Country Houses 50
Roads, Railways, Canals and Harbours 64
Burgh and Village Buildings 70
Rural Manses, Farmhouses and Steadings 90
Industrial Buildings 93
Stirling and Central Scotland 103
Glossary 795
Index of Artists 823
Index of Places 842
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