Mars Wark Section of the Old Town Cemetery



Mars Wark Section of the Old Town Cemetery

Adjacent to this is the Valley Cemetery, the Old Kirkyard and the Drummond Pleasure Ground.

The Kirkyard dates from medieval times, whilst the Valley Cemetery was established in 1857; local businessmen and evangelists funded the new Cemetery to celebrated Presbyterianism in Scotland.

The key statues within the Cemetery are iconic figures of the Scottish Reformation Movement.


The Old Town Cemetery is situated at the Top of the Town in Stirling amidst a ‘constellation’ of world renowned tourist sites. Indeed, The Esplanade of Stirling Castle forms the eastern boundary of the site. The cemetery expanded from the original Holy Rude Kirkyard between 1857-59 into the adjacent Valley and Mars Wark Garden. The site of the Drummond Pleasure Ground was purchased in 1862.

Overall panoramic views can be gained from the cemetery across the carse of the River Forth. All of these features have been influential in the design development. The essence of the site is as a didactic landscape which celebrates the establishment of Presbyterianism in Scotland. This is a unique landscape with no other cemetery in Britain laid out to convey this message. The site is of outstanding Cultural, Scenic, Historical and Architectural value as well as containing outstanding examples of Works of Art.

Old Town Cemetery, Stirling ~ Well, worth the wander though this cemetery.  Beautiful views of the valley and some incredible artwork.

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