A fantastic time was had by all at Bannockburn House yesterday. TBHC members were lucky enough to have an exclusive tour of the grand historic building by the Bannockburn House Trust Vice Chair, Willie McEwan.
Steeped in local history and an important part of Stirling’s heritage; the Bannockburn House Trust and a group of hardworking volunteers are busy restoring the house to its former glory.
The house is most famous for its links to “Bonny Prince Charlie” who in January 1746, at the invitation of Sir Hugh Paterson, was to make Bannockburn house his headquarters after his army’s long march back from Derby where he had tried to drum up English support for the Jacobites. It was during his stay at Bannockburn, after his victory on the 17th January against the Hanovarian army at Falkirk Muir, that he developed a fever.
He was looked after by Clementina Walkinshaw, who was an ardent Jacobite supporter. A bullet hole still remains in the wall where the head of the bed was in the room which Prince Charles had occupied. Legend has it that it was caused by the bullet of an assassin fired through the bedroom window.
If you would like to find out further information, volunteer or donate to keep the Bannockburn House alive for many years to come please visit the Bannockburn House Trust website http://www.bannockburnhouse.scot/