The Church of the Holy Rude

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The Church of the Holy Rude, medieval parish church, was founded in 1129 during the reign of David I, but after a fire in 1405 nothing from the early structure remains anymore. The earliest part of the present church dates from the 15th century. The church is the second oldest building in Stirling after Stirling Castle (parts of castle dates from the later 14th century). “Holy Rude” means Holy Cross, giving it the same origin as Holyrood in Edinburgh.

Over time the church has undergone some changes, among them the open-timbered oak roof of 1414 in the nave, one of very few medieval timber roofs still surviving in Scotland. The Choir and apse added in 1555. From 1656 to 1936 a wall divided the nave from the choir and the church served two divided congregations. The church was restored between 1936 and 1940 under the direction of James Miller.

The most important event in The Church of the Holy Rude, happened on 29 July 1567, when infant James VI was crowned King of Scotland, following the forced abdication by his mother, Mary Queen of Scots.
She was suspected of involvement in the murder of her husband, Lord Darnley and decided to abdicate from the power on 24 July 1567, ending 25 years of struggle between the English supported Protestants and the French supported Catholics. The most recent history of the church is the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II witnessing a reenactment of the coronation of her ancestor on 24 May 1997.

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