The Gowan Hill

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The Gowan Hill and the Beheading Stone

View from the Gowan Hill image
View from the Gowan Hill

Gowan Hill access from Upper Castle hill or from Lower Bridge Street

The beheading stone is thought to have been used for capital punishments in the 15th Century and was probably used in the executions of various important figures.
In 1425, Murdoch, Duke of Albany and former Regent of Scotland, two of his sons and his father-in-law, the Earl of Lennox were executed. King James I was taking revenge for Albany's 18 year abuse of power when the King was held captive in England.

When you are visiting the The Gowan Hill and the beheading Stone, it is worth taking the scenic Stirling Castle Back Walk circular route around the old town walls and the Castle.


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