Stirling Castle’s ancient heads to be recreated

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Historic Scotland has commissioned a craftsman to recreate around 40 ancient wooden heads as part of plans to recreate the royal apartments of Stirling Castle as they were in 1538.

John Donaldson will carve another set of Stirling Heads to reconstruct the ceiling of the King’s Presence Chambers.

He will recreate the 38 surviving roundels, which feature heroes and nobles, adding three or four of his own designs.

The project is expected to take around five years, with the first phase of the carvings to be completed by winter 2008.

Donaldson said: ‘When it’s all done people will be able to see the original heads on display and then go and see the replicas on the ceiling.

‘It will be spectacular.’

The heads featured on the ceilings of the most important rooms during the reign of King James V, and remained there until 1777 when the roof collapsed.

Stirling Castle

Old Town, Stirling, FK8 1EJ

Perched high upon a mighty rock, it was here the kings and queens of Scotland held magnificent feasts and celebrations. Royal stronghold, palace of pleasures, regimental garrison – Stirling Castle has played many roles. And on the sweeping plains…

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