2004 News Article

St Ninians Old Kirk TowerBonnie Prince Charlie destroyed it once, a new bid to save the tower that defied the Jacobites

Clan Stirling Online has learned efforts are underway to raise funds to restore part of a historic kirk once destroyed by Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobites as they fled from the Duke of Cumberland.

The medieval tower is all that remains of the original St Ninians Old Parish Church, Stirling, after it was used as a munitions store for the Jacobite forces in 1746, just before the Battle of Culloden.

The Jacobites took Stirling and spent a month besieging the castle before they were forced to evacuate and flee Cumberland’s approaching forces, blowing up the kirk to stop the Hanoverian army gaining possession of their gunpowder.

The kirk took five years to rebuild using many of the original stones, but was eventually completed on Saturday, 6 October, 1751.

The kirk is trying to raise £50,000 to start restoration of the crumbling tower.  The Kirk houses a number of Stirling Ancestors.

The Rev Gary McIntyre, who is working with Historic Scotland on restoring the 80ft tower, said: "The original medieval church was a magnificent structure, but sadly it was demolished by a gunpowder explosion on 1 February, 1746."