Located in the shadow of both the William Wallace National Monument and the Stirling Castle, lies the ruins of an ancient Abbey, Cambuskenneth, and the burial site of two of my ancestors.

Even though the Bell Tower is quite tall, only the ground level floor is accessible.   It sits amid the foundation stones of what was once a very important Abbey.

Ah!  Over there in the distance is what I came especially to see; the tomb of my 17th great grandparents, James III, King of Scotland, Stewart, and his wife, Margaret Denmark Oldenburg.  Let’s get a little closer…

Pretty darned cool!  I really like finding headstones of ancestors, and this one in particular is a nice addition to my collection!

Let’s stroll around the grounds of the rest of the Abbey grounds now.



The various faces on the top level of the bell tower are quite interesting to gaze upon.

Below shows the bell tower from the orchard, a view of Stirling castle on the hill looking west, with its golden palace standing out, and the Wallace Monument looking north.

So far it’s been a very interesting morning in Stirling visiting the Wallace Monument, then this site of an ancient Abbey (and burial site of two of my great grandparents) but the day is young!  Next, I’m headed west of Stirling, out into the countryside dotted with farms -I’ll be searching for the “Fords of Frew” and some other “Frew” sights along the River Forth.



Author: Claudia Frew

Adventuresome, independent, and fun-loving 68-year young American great-grandmother who loves to travel; often going solo!

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