Church of the Holy Rude
One of Scotland’s most important medieval churches, dating from 1456. The church is cruciform in plan and has a dominating tower at its western end. Impressive interior with stained glass windows of particular note. There is an inscription on the floor in the apse, which marks the place where King James VI King of Scots was crowned in 1567.
Sunday Service, 11am, alternating between The Church of the Holy Rude and Viewfield Erskine Church - check the website for information
"It was the Church which provided such education as was then available; she cared for the poor, the sick and the unhappy; the stranger and the outcast, the refugee from violence or from the cruel penal code of the times."
"We are working to rediscover something of all that - working together in partnership for the common-weal of all the people." Rev. Morris Coull
The Church of the Holy Rude is the second oldest building in Stirling after the castle and dates it's existence back to the reign of David 1 (1124 - 1153) as the parish church of Stirling.
Because of its close links with the castle, the church always had the close support and patronage of the Stuart kings, especially in the 15th, 16th and early 17th centuries, and is reputed to be the only church in the United Kingdom other than Westminster Abbey to have held a coronation and still be a living church today.
The coronation of James VI (1567 - 1625) is an important part of the history of the nation of Scotland, of the United Kingdom and of the Reformation.
On the 24 May 1997, Her Majesty the Queen was present in the Church of the Holy Rude to witness a re-enactment of the coronation of her ancestor, and to unveil a commemorative inscription to mark the event.
Recently and extensively renovated, and now with an improved information service for visitors, the Church of the Holy Rude, a significant and living church, tells the story of a proud 800-year existence, playing its part in the growth of Stirling.
Tom Macdougall, SESSION CLERK
Minister, Church of the Holy Rude