Originally known as the Abbey of St Mary or the Abbey of Stirling, Cambuskenneth Abbey rapidly gathered considerable wealth and influence because of its royal patronage and its links with Stirling Castle.
Within a loop of the winding River Forth, its a fascinating Augustinian settlement founded by King David I in 1147. Benefitting from Royal Patronage of Stirling, this became one of the richest abbeys in the country.
The Abbey was closely involved with the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314: Bruce's Parliament which met here in 1326 was the first to include representatives of Scotland's burghs.
After the Battle of Sauchieburn in 1488, King James III was murdered near Bannockburn and you can see his grave at Cambuskenneth. He is buried along with his wife, Queen Margaret of Denmark. Their tomb was erected and financed by Queen Victoria.
After the Reformation the abbey became a quarry for stone used in various parts of Stirling itself. Apart from the bell tower which still stands today, very little was left by the time the site was excavated by William Mackison, the Stirling Burgh Architect, in 1864.
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