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Stirling Castle located in Stirling, Scotland, is one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling Castle, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1543. There have been at least eight sieges of Stirling Castle, including several during the Wars of Scottish Independence, with the last being in 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take the castle.

Six of Scotland's Most Amazing Castles and Why You Should Visit Them - Read the post here: http://www.smittenbybritain.com/six-of-scotlands-most-amazing-castles-and-why-you-should-visit-them/ Linlithgow Palace © Jo Woolf

CASTLE STUART_Mary Queen of Scots gave the castle land to her half-brother, James Stuart in 1561, and granted him the title "Earl of Moray".

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Mary, Queen of Scots

On 9 September 1543 Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned “Queen of Scots” in the central Scottish town of Stirling. She ruled Scotland for 25 tumultuous years, ending in 1567. At one time, she claimed the crowns of four nations - Scotland, France, England and Ireland. Her physical beauty and kind heart were acknowledged even by her enemies.

Chillon Castle, Switzerland. Famously, during a house party here, Frankenstein was written. The party included Percy and Mary Shelley and Lord Byron. Byron carved his signature onto a dungeon wall.