Stirling may be one of the smallest cities in Scotland, but in terms of historical significance it is one of the most important.
Originally a small settlement around the lowest crossing point for the River Forth, the nearby rocky outcrop offered an ideal position to construct a fort to defend the crossing. Stirling Castle is first documented around 1100, and by c1120 Stirling was granted a Royal Charter, creating the town. In the following centuries, due to its strategic position, Stirling was at the centre of many battles, leading to it being said ‘He who holds Stirling, holds Scotland’. Now a centre of tourism, based around the town’s history, many of these famous characters are significant in the city’s less well-known past. This fascinating account of secret Stirling and its history is fully illustrated with photography and will appeal to all those with an interest in this ancient city.