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Today, is not very pleasant, so I have marshalled some images of a previous tour of Stirling Castle. This one was taken in side the chapel and incorporates 17th century decoration with a Charles I motif.

This is an external view of the Royal Palace. The castle dates from the 15th and 16th centuries when it was a palace of the Stewart dynasty.

This is the Great Hall.The external colouring is deliberate-to replicate the original.
Bullet and cannon holes in the principal entrance.These date to the civil war of the 17th century.

Main entrance to the castle
Stirling Castle holds a superb position, sitting on an old volcanic plug.It has witnessed two key battles in Scotland’s history-Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge.It is close to both Edinburgh and Glasgow and well worth a visit.

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Today, I had a meeting with a representative of McKever Hotels, at the Ewington, Glasgow. McKever own 11 hotels in Scotland, including the Ewington in which I place clients from to time. The Ewington has excellent self-catering apartments across the road. The Ewington is in need of a refurb with 3 rooms already done. I took the opportunity to take some pics of a room which has already been refurbished-see following 2 pics. The Ewington enjoys a good location, being on a relatively quiet street and close to Queen’s Park.

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Today, I decided to hunt down another ‘Greek’ Thomson design, this time the McIntyre Monument located in Cathcart Old Churchyard, Glasgow. This is a somewhat incredible and eerie place comprising a derelict church surrounded by some fascinating graves and memorials which are redolent of the Glasgow Necropolis. Depending the light, this a great place for photography.

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Here is a view of the church spire behind a chapel type memorial. I could not find an inscription on the latter.

Here are three images of Thomson’s McIntyre Monument. This was commissioned by Thomson’s friend, the builder John McIntyre, for his son’s grave, and a powerful composition with a sarcophagus on the base of cyclopaean masonry. Condition is “OK” with evidence of graffiti.

Here is another view of the circular, chapel type memorial.It reminds me of the Douglas Monteith Mausoleum in the Necropolis which was based on the Knights Templar Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem.

This a memorial to certain Covenanters who died for their beliefs. Within a week or so I hope to have a briefing note on the Covenanters on the History page of my main website.

Another mausoleum now partly covered in graffiti.

View of church remains.
Another view of the mausoleum mentioned above.

Another church view.

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