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The_Historian - Stirling Castle - Stirling, Scotland, UK

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  1. Otto

    Otto Rested & Resupplied with MREs. Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    As a WW2F member for well over 12 years who's made 16,000+ posts to the site, indomitable Rogue Gordon Wilkie (The_Historian) continues his valuable contributions with our first WW2F field report from another continent. This card coming from the historic and renowned Stirling Castle. With most current castle structures built between 1500 and 1600, some structures date back to the year 1200, making it considerably older than Christopher Columbus' first steps in North America.

    Thank You for the submission from across the pond Gordon!

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  2. Owen

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    Blimey!

    A quid to send a postcard to the USA.
     
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    Postal rates have become outrageously expensive indeed. Well done Gordon!
     
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    Cool. I didn't know we could send postcards to the WW2F.
     
  5. Otto

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    Cheers chaps!.I actually live just below the castle (on the other side).
     
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    Good thing you said that. I thought that was a picture of your house.
     
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    Lou, it is his house, Gordon is just being his usual modest self. I believe it was 1546 when he was born in that very same building ! No wonder he knows so much about history.

    Gaines
     
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    I thought the city had grown up around the castle. Didn't realize you could get such a nice view of it over undeveloped land. Great card, thanks for posting it.
     
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    yes, I've been wanting to see some pictures Historian... from many angles...my brother always says the ''tourists'' videos and pictures are the best, not the standard stuff you find on google
    I can imagine the peasant, seeing that view of the castle, and dreaming---''wish I had that money''.......just like I do sometimes, today
     
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    Great picture! Another must see place.
     
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    Lwd, the castle is located on a promontory at the end of a broad ridge, The promontory is separated by a dry moat and gate fortifications . Often towns, villages , even cities grew up around castles but at Stirling the village started growing near the gate and basically grew down the hill and gradually fanned out . Now Stirling is a beautiful city with roads and railroads in tin the lower flatter area and has grown up toward the Castle. Imagine the city somewhat behind and to the left of the castle from the post card view..

    It is a beautiful, well preserved castle, huge and as fine an example as one can find. The city of Stirling is an equally good place, a university, fine architure, well worth a several day trip. Trains from Edinburgh and Glasgow make it easy to reach.

    Gaines
     
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    Gaines is right Lou, that's the garden shed...got me Scalextric in there...
    A Roman road actually passes to the left of the photographer, and round the left (west) side of the castle to Kildean where it continued North into the legionary fortress at Braco in Perthshire. It's assumed there was a Roman signal station of some kind where the castle is now, but no tangible remains have ever been found.
     

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