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Auchenbowies House - an historic building in stirling

Old Town

 

At the top of St. John Street, Robert Bruce of the Auchenbowie Estate, south of Stirling, built his town house. He was Provost of the burgh in 1555-56. The house traditionally attributed to Bruce, has been much altered since that time. The crowstepped gables, a feature of Dutch buildings copied by Scottish merchants, remind us of the trade links with the low countries.
Only the houses of the wealthy remain from early times. Buildings occupied by the poorer working people have long since been replaced.

However, the street plan has changed little over the centuries. The upper part of St. John Street was originally the Flesh Market, and for 300 years livestock were slaughtered and sold here.