Sitting high on King's Seat Hill, overlooking the Forth Valley is a 14th century keep, Clackmannan Tower.
There may have been a royal residence here since the 11th century, however the tower which is one of the oldest in Scotland was home to various members of the Bruce family for over 400 years. The Bruces being the descendants of the Scottish king, Robert the Bruce.
David II (Robert's only son) being the first, then passing to Sir Robert Bruce, a relative in 1359. Surrounded by good hunting grounds and a spectacular vantage view point, no wonder the Bruce family wanted to live here.
The keep, has played host to many of Scotland's socialites and the last resident, Catherine Bruce knighted her guest Robert Burns (poet) here in 1787, knighting him with the two handled sword of Robert the Bruce. Unfortunately, Catherine fell into financial difficulties, but now in the hands of historic-scotland.gov.uk I'm sure the tower will continue to be a keep sake for Scotland and future generations, for many years to come.
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