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Gowan Hill

Located a quarter-mile (0.4 km) to the northeast of Stirling Castle, from which it is separated by Ballengeich Pass, Gowan Hill rises to 85m (278 feet). There is a small vitrified hill fort on its northern edge, and numerous archaeological sites across the hill. However, perhaps most interesting is the Beheading Stone which is said to have been used regularly in the 15th Century, most notably in 1425 to execute Murdoch Stewart, Duke of Albany and former Regent of Scotland, two of his sons and his father-in-law, the Earl of Lennox. on the orders of King James I (1394 - 1437).

Ballengeich Cemetery occupies its lower slopes.


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