Cambuskenneth Abbey **

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Within a loop of the River Forth, this fascinating Augustinian settlement, originally known as the Abbey of St Mary or the Abbey of Stirling, was founded by King David I in 1147. It was to become one of the richest abbeys in the country.

It was in Cambuskenneth that the nobility and clergy of Scotland swore fealty to David Bruce as the heir of King Robert in 1326 at the first parliament to include representatives of the 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.

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