Places to Visit in Scotland
- Cambuskenneth Abbey, Stirling
A mile south of Abbey Craig and the Wallace Monument>, Cambuskenneth may have been named after Kenneth mac-Alpin> who defeated the Picts> at the Battle of Logie in the 9th century.
Cambuskenneth was an Augustinian abbey created by King David I> in 1147. The Battle of Stirling Bridge took place nearby in 1297 when William Wallace> defeated the invading English army.
Cambuskenneth was visited by King Edward I> of England in 1303-1304 during one of his many invasions of Scotland. Robert the Bruce> held a parliament at the abbey in 1326 to confirm that his son would become King David II>. In the 15th century King James III> and his wife were buried in the Abbey although they were moved by Queen Victoria> in 1865.
During the Church Reformation> the Abbey and its lands passed to the Governor of Stirling Castle> and some of the stonework of the Abbey was used in the extension of the Castle. Only the foundations, a gateway and the late 13th or early 14th century great bell tower of the Abbey survive - the only example of a free-standing belfry in Scotland.
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