best wee trips

menstrie castle

7 Castle Rd, Menstrie FK11 7AF

Built in c1560

Menstrie Castle was built c1560 as a manor house by the Alexander family. It was the birthplace of Sir William Alexander, who had an illustrious career during the reign of James VI and I, becoming Principle Secretary of State for Scotland in 1626.

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In 1621 he began to establish a new colony called Nova Scotia, but the scheme failed and Sir William lost money. Nonetheless, he improved Menstrie Castle and his town house in Stirling in 1633, when he was invested 1st Earl of Stirling and Viscount Canada. Neglected for a number of years, Menstrie Castle was saved during the late 1950’s and converted into apartments, but two ground floor rooms were restored as a display area, with dedicated exhibitions about Nova Scotia. These are now managed by the National Trust for Scotland. Visits outside scheduled dates / times can be organised with prior arrangement.

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